Scherzo for piano six hands
- Year of composition: 1986
- Work category: Piano 6 hands or more
- First performed: Commissioned by The Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C. as part of their 10-year celebration.
Premiered Music at Noon, Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1986 by Barbro Dahlman, Christine Niehaus, and Eva Pierrou Varga.
- Duration: 8 min
- Detailed duration: 8 minutes
Location for score and part material
Description of work
It's a Scherzo where each part for the three pianists using their names to form the basic material in the piece. The constrained space with three pianist and one keyboard limited the area for each pianist that also influenced the structure of the work.
Commissioned by The Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C. as part of their 10-year celebration.
Premiered at the Music at Noon, Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1986 by Barbro Dahlman, Christine Niehaus, and Eva Pierrou Varga.
This piece was started in August, 1986. At the end of that month, my doctor found that I had an aggressive lymphoma. How do I finish the piece before all medication? While still at the hospital, my wife brought me some manuscript paper. Then, sitting in bed, I scribbled away. No time to lose. The premiere was about a month away, the poisinous medication around the corner. The piece left to be copied, I to start chemopherapy. In 1989, I added a slow first part, a Nocturne to go with the Scherzo.