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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Emperor Under Glass for solo piano

New publication Emperor Under Glass for solo piano. Get your FREE PDF here.

I wrote Emperor Under Glass in a single day on Monday December 7, 2009 as a response to an open invitation from Australia’s Aurora Festival to create a new work for solo piano on the theme of “Momentary Pleasures.” Beethoven's Emperor concerto played every week on our turntable while I was growing up. I loved the opening energetic arpeggios and was always disappointed when the main theme came in. Thus, these arpeggios were a momentary pleasure that I wished could go on forever. Now I understand it is the resonance to which I was attracted, and which quietly becomes the subject in my short piece.

Monday, May 3, 2010

On closing music programs and Programs of Choice in the Vancouver Public School System and province-wide

Today I wrote an Op Ed piece that I posted on the Decimating the Arts in Canada blog. Click on the title to read the entire article.