Suite for Piano (Shirley, Nathan)

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Work Title Suite for Piano
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Composer Shirley, Nathan
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. INS 17
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 movements
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2016
First Publication. 2016
Average DurationAvg. Duration 19 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

Misc. Comments

Each of the 5 short movements from my Suite for Piano were commissioned specifically for this recording. Some were written with very specific suggestions while others were written with few or none at all. Though these works could stand alone, they were composed with each other in mind. So while they offer significant contrasts, when united they reveal a broader picture.

Vision makes use of both Eastern and Western musical styles. Sometimes the Eastern style is dominant, sometimes the Western, but often the two are fused together as one. -Commissioned by William Clark in honor of Penelope W. Clark and Sophia L. Clark

Opening with a tonally ambiguous melody which floats around us, Haze meanders about -- searching. Along the way we glimpse some beautiful but fleeting scenes -- then we’re back in the haze. -Commissioned by the Bost Girls in memory of their father, the Reverend Doctor Jeff Bost

The Mazurka is a traditional Polish dance made especially famous by Chopin. It’s characterized by a triple meter and distinct rhythm with accents (often) on beats 2 or 3. Like many of the Polish mazurkas, this mazurka makes use of the lydian mode, a scale which can be very bright and lively. -Commissioned by Rickard Dahl

A delicate melody made of little repeated notes comprises the heart of Reflection. It is constructed in rondo form, where the opening material recurs with different material woven in between each occurrence. -Commissioned by Jayne Anderson, Larry and David Weigel in loving memory of Eric Anderson Weigel

With much difficulty and uncertainty, Struggle slowly trudges through dark chromaticism. As soon as it seems to find its way, it slips back into the darkness. Eventually however, it triumphs -- ending with the original chromaticism now transformed into a howling victory. -Commissioned by Treavor Gouge