Dance Suite No.2 (1977)
for Piano Solo
1.  Insomnia





In 1977 I started an improvisatory ensemble.  It was modeled after some of the then current jazz ensembles, except it did not have a drummer.  Our "solo" sections turned into group free improvisation segments, piquing my interest in free improvisation, a trait which has continued ever since.  For the ensemble, I wrote several tunes.  During the summer, I used these tunes to create several piano pieces.  I orchestrated the first two suites.  "Treadmill" and "Voodoo Woman" were performed, but my impression was that I had made some miscalculations and the orchestrations were too busy.  Treadmill for orchestra was retained, but I did not pursue performance of any of the others.

"Insomnia" starts out as a blues tune and then turns anxious in the middle.  Anxiety must be the source of most insomnia.  Luckily, we finally get to sleep at the end.








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