Shadow Waltz (2002)
IInstrumentation: Piano and Sampler (one player)
Commission: Commissioned by Eric Moe
Notes: Shadow Waltz was commissioned by Eric Moe for his Waltz Project Revisited compact disc. I wanted to write a simple piece formally, a piece that would have a waltz feel, but that was also two-sided, or double-edged. At the time, a close friend was in the process of dealing with a very serious illness. In this short folksy-bluesy tribute it was my intention to capture a complex side of human emotions, one that embodies carefree happiness and hope even when a darker side is present in the shadows. The piece includes two tuning systems, the normal 12 tone equal tempered system and a 21 note-to-the-octave just system, in alternation.
Recordings: Albany TROY 689. Eric Moe, piano.
Availability: Plurabelle Music Publishing
World Premiere: March 14, 2008, Eric Moe pianist, New York City
September 21-22, 2008, Alan Feinberg pianist, Works and Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City.