About these piano compositions
1. Three Chords for Calliope This piece is a short set of variations revolving around, as the title suggests, three chords. It is characterised by occasional wide leaps in the right hand and takes for inspiration the Greek goddess Calliope, one of the Nine Muses. VIDEO
2. Monomania (or, An Over-Caffeinated Study in Obsession) You know that sense of impending doom which arrives after one too many coffees? Yeah, that. VIDEO
3. Elegy for a Rehearsal Room I Once Knew The title kind of explains my thinking behind this one. Click here to watch me discuss the inspiration behind this composition.
4. Isle of the Dead This piece is based on the mysterious painting of the same name by Arnold Böcklin. I reached out to my audience to suggest an inspiration for my next piece, and this was it. VIDEO
5. The Muted Nostalgia of a Millennial Gazing Over Suburban Rooftops, Recalling the Heartfelt Ambitions of Youth, Now Mere Memories (Unripe Fruits It Would Be Folly to Taste) Serving Only to Highlight the Multifarious Disappointments of Existence, the Daily Banalities and Nightly Malaise (But At Least Those Fruits Are Being Plucked from the Branch Less and Less Often Now, As Time Creeps Ambivalently, Glacially, Unmercifully Onwards…)… Title says it all really. VIDEO
6. Canon No. 1, “Heat Death of the Universe” My first attempt at a simple canon at the octave. The right hand strictly imitates the left at a distance of two beats until the final two bars where it diverts slightly. VIDEO