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Winter Pieces - Piano Solo

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By Francis Kayali

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Piano Solo - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Francis Kayali. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic, Recital. Score. 17 pages. Published by Francis Kayali (S0.786567).

Item Number: S0.786567

The Winter Pieces (2018-19) are a collection of short works that focus on impressionistic, airy, ambient, resonant sound-fields. The set opens with the gentle gusts of “Flurries.” In “First Snow,” notes occupy the entire register of the piano like snowflakes as they gradually cover the ground. The chorale “Song of the Mountain” references the majestic string textures and harmonies of Alan Hovhaness, whose music was the soundtrack of my first New Hampshire winters, echoing the cold, austerity, and solemnity of the season, but also a sense of quiet power. “Pulse” alternates a section of forward-thrust with a melancholic second half. Set indoors, “Midnight Sound” is a warm and smoky jazz improvisation. With “Flight,” we return to an active texture that interweaves anxious and playful moods. Finally, “The Birth of Bernoulli,” takes us away from the earth to observe the slow orbit of planets around the sun. Daniel Bernoulli, whose research helps explain how wings work, and whose name was given to a lunar crater, is used here to symbolize human science, providing an astronomer’s outlook – one of cold reason, but also one of wonderment and reverence – on the origin of seasons and the workings of our universe.

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