Suite is one of my earlier piano works written while I was a graduate student
at New England Conservatory. I wrote the different movements between 1986 and
1988. The complete score was created for the first time in 2009. The four-movement
suite has touches of the Impressionists, Scriabin and Khachaturian, as well as
beginning stylistic traits that have become intrinsic to my way of thinking as
Prelude is a hauntingly lyrical piece that shows the subtleties of voice-leading
as well as layers of intertwining rhythms. Toccata is a lively dance
with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The impassioned, slow and mystical Nocturne
has many colorings outside of a traditional tonal palette. Postlude is
a fast and furious dance with passion and a feeling of wild abandon.
This score has considerably more detailed markings in Prelude and Toccata.
The original versions were interpreted entirely from my performance preparation.
I have attempted here to capture my own playing style so that the pianist has
a sense of the thinking behind my work. Nocturne is very close to the original