I wrote ALPINE PRELUDES in
the summer of 1989 while I was performing at the Flagstaff Festival of
the Arts. This turned out to be a summer of piano music for
me. Along with these preludes, I also wrote Flagstaff Sketches and
Four Morning Pieces at the same three-week festival.
From the time I was ten
years old, when my family acquired a piano, until 1980, almost all the
music I composed was for the piano solo. But by 1989, I hadn't
written any music for piano solo in several years, and I haven't written
any since, due to the fact that I spend so much time improvising.
These preludes are not only
short, they are also compressed. They use short ideas and develop
quickly. It is a form for which I have a real attraction; the most
extreme example being the Six Miniatures (second movement) from my Three
Pieces for solo double bass.