August 20, 2005

Adagio in A Minor for Piano and Violin, Opus 9.

4 minute recording · Full Score · Violin Part

As of August 2005, I consider this my finest composition in terms of emotional intensity and directness of expression.

In January of 2005, I began taking lessons from the composer and professor Larry Bell at the New England Conservator of Music. For the first three months, each lesson was the highlight of my week. I worked every evening composing into the night preparing for the next lesson. For the first few pieces, he provided strict restrictions to ease the composition process. This piece was the first I composed without the aid of his finely designed frameworks. I composed this to express longing.

Composed in May 2005.

Recorded live on 5 June 2005 at the New England Conservatory of Music with Anna Anderson on the violin and me on the piano.

Filed under Piano, Composing