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Program Notes With Score Video
After over a decade of working creatively almost solely in improvisation, I decided I wanted to do some composing again. I had recently retired and was exploring the novelty of having a large amount of free time to do anything I wished. These two nocturnes are my first efforts. Though I play piano, I do not play violin, but I enjoy writing for the instrument. I was also, at the time, entertaining the idea of writing a concerto for the instrument which I took up a few months later.
The two tunes share a similar approach with the piano figures underpinning an expansive melodic line. The first tune I titled Eagle’s Nest because it had a very solitary, almost lonely character. Also, the violin line takes off and soars, and I felt this to be a significant aspect of the piece. The second tune, Pirouette, relates to the waltzing dance character of the piece. This tune is perhaps a little more expansive than the first. I think of the dancer as a child who exerts great effort in her dance moves and then begins to tire as the dance comes to a close.