OPUS 1

for Piano (2009-10)

4 Pieces, with a total duration of ca. 5 Minutes
The work can be performed only in its entirety, and in the order given.
Since the Scherzo is optional, there are 2 possible versions
Dedicated to Redi Llupa

Redi Llupa recording @
MEIT, Denton USA  — Mar 16 2017

Stephen Lucas performing @
Recital Hall, Denton USA — Mar 4 2015,  8pm

Redi Llupa performing @
Clarke Recital Hall, Miami USA — Feb 4 2014,  8pm
Pianodrom International Festival, Tirana ALBANIA — Jan 4 2014,  8pm
Comstock Hall, Louisville  USA— Nov 2 2013,  8pm
Recital Hall, Bloomington USA — Oct 16 2013,  7pm

PROGRAM NOTES: Opus 1 for solo piano was composed in a period of vociferous musical study and initially presented the possibility of stylistic imitation and subsequent appropriation as a means to musical analysis. Berio’s Brin, Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux , Schoenberg’s Op.11 and Op.19 , as well as Takemitsu’s Uninterrupted Rests served as compositional models, thus vaguely inhabiting the surface of the music ( effort which was later involuntarily abandonment during the act of composing ). Post factum, a similarity with Takemitsu’s three pieces can be discerned: The limited technical palette at my disposal and the impossibility of an effortlessly exteriorized inner expression resulted in music of a melancholic autobiographical dimension.

With the exception of the Scherzo, whose mechanic motion serves as contrasting punctuation, the three main pieces exhibit forms not unlike that of older Asian poetry. Each piece is comprised of three phrases: While the first two share similar qualities which abruptly end in a formal “cut,” the third phrase functions independently and concludes the piece.