Sound Sculptures

SOUND SCULPTURES (Level 9,10,ARCT)   For Advanced Piano 1. Coloured Glass 2. Sparkling Stones 3. Polished Metal

Becoming: Suite for Solo Piano in Seven Movements

This suite for advanced players is written in Third Stream style, which combines jazz language and sensibilities with classical form. The pieces are fully notated, but two movements leave room for improvisation if the player chooses. The suite has won numerous awards and designations in competitions, including The American Prize for solo/chamber compositions 2023 and… Read more »

Studies in Poetry – Volume 5

Continuing the Studies in Poetry series that began with Volume 1 in 2000, Volume 5 is also a set of three highly contrasting pieces that are really concert etudes. Volume 5 was completed in 2022 and played in public for the first time by the composer in January, 2024. As always, each study pays tribute to… Read more »

Studies in Poetry – Volume 4

Continuing the Studies in Poetry series that began with Volume 1 in 2000, Volume 4 is also a set of three highly contrasting pieces that are really concert etudes. Volume 4 was completed and premiered by the composer in 2022 with each piece paying tribute to one of the composer’s favourite books of poetry written in… Read more »

Studies in Poetry – Volume 3

Continuing the Studies in Poetry series that began with Volume 1 in 2000, Volume 3 is also a set of three highly contrasting pieces that are really concert etudes. Volume 3 was completed and premiered by the composer in 2011 with each piece paying tribute to one of the composer’s favourite books of poetry written… Read more »

Studies in Poetry – Volume 2

Continuing the Studies in Poetry series that began with Volume 1 in 2000, Volume 2 is also a set of three highly contrasting pieces that are really concert etudes. Volume 2 was completed and premiered by the composer in 2009 with each piece paying tribute to one of the composer’s favourite books of poetry written… Read more »

Studies in Poetry – Volume 1

The Studies in Poetry series is a collection of concert etudes for the piano that pay tribute to some of the composer’s favourite books of poetry in the English language. In all cases, the poetry book’s title has been used as both a point of inspiration and a subtitle for each study. The composition of… Read more »

Seven Circles

Seven Circles is a set of seven solo piano pieces, all based in some fashion on the sequential pattern referred to as “the circle-of-fifths”. Simply put, the harmonic design or broader tonal structure of each individual piece progresses by descending perfect fifth intervals, moving through the complete chromatic set of all twelve possible pitches, until… Read more »

Everything Waits for the Lilacs

This six-minute work was commissioned by Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, the title of which is borrowed from Margaret Avision’s poem, “Thaws”. The music makes expansive use of the entire keyboard and is tinged with a distant romanticism that in part reflects a frozen landscape waiting for the arrival of spring. At times the music echoes… Read more »

Wild Rose Suite

A musical tribute to the composer’s adopted home, Alberta, Canada, whose official symbol is the wild rose. Contains seven pieces: Hot Springs, Smile Through Tears Waltz, Mountain Creek, Soaring, Oil Sands, Rocky Mountain Variations and New Day Toccata. In 2015 the International Piano magazine organized a competition for the best recording of Hot Springs.