Some history: The pieces in the CD “Almost Songs” were the second and third major works I ever wrote. The first work was a set of five piano studies that I have played in concert, but not recorded. After I finished those pieces, in 1995, I decided I wanted to write a piece for piano and orchestra for myself. I used two basic principles to write the piece: The first one was to write three themes of a different character and then blend them into one piece in an expanded sonata form that blended three movements into one.
The other was to make the melodies or their variations constitute the majority of the piece. I thought of myself when I was 10 years old and how I enjoyed listening to the main themes of a work but no so much to the development or, worse, to long transitions. I set out to write a piece with recognizable melodies in a modern tonal idiom.
I wrote a two piano version in 1996, but left the orchestration until later to acquire more experience writing music for other instruments. I did write many other works, which include a string quartet and a trio for flute, oboe and clarinet before coming back and tackling the orchestration in 2005. I decided to use an orchestral idiom which is more dense than usual, with little melodies and patterns inside the orchestral texture to give it a more dissonant sound but, hopefully, more depth and richness which can be explored with time.
The ERM Media CD was released in Dec 2008. Here are two excerpts from the piece:
|In 2014, after recording my Piano Concerto #2 in Bratislava, Corsaire Records issued a CD with both piano concertos called “Memories of my Childhood“. You can check it out in the recordings section of this site.