Play I. Ginastera from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play III. Games from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play V. Dunes from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play VI. Pulse from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play VII. Playful from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play XI. Ragged from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
Play XII. Birds from Twelve Miniatures for Piano.
These recordings are from a live performance by James Lowe.
Composer: David Heuser Instrumentation: Piano Year Composed: 1999 Duration: 21 minutes Pages (score): 32 pages Cost: Purchase: $10.00
II. Going By
X. For Gwyneth
Performance by James Lowe (2/2001) of ten of the Miniatures (Thorn and Bells were not performed) reviewed in the San Antonio Express News by Mike Greenburg:
"In the course of a revelatory solo recital on Thursday, pianist James Lowe gave the premiere of David Heuser's Miniatures for Piano, 10 short pieces composed between 1985 and 1999.
"Heuser's idiom is in the modernist mainstream of stretched tonality and clear expressive purpose.
"His miniatures reflect back on several important currents of the past century. One is a percussive, rhythmically vibrant homage to Alberto Ginastera; another is a nervous rag. Others are variously jaunty, tender or pensive. All are exceptionally well-crafted, and all contain a lot more music than the term "miniature" might suggest."
These twelve short piano pieces were written between 1985 and 1999, although all of the earlier ones were revised and refined around 1998-1999. The impulses which led to the composition of each piece were varied, as were my original intentions for quite a number of them. Games, Bells, Ragged, Birds and Playful were all culled from a piano suite. Ginastera and Dunes were the only successes in an aborted attempt to create a set of twelve-tone preludes all based on the same row (but all radically different). The other five were all written at various times for various reasons, most notably number X, which was written after my daughter Gwyneth was born. The Nocturne was the last to be composed.
Why twelve? It seemed that it was time to put these in order, give them all names and send them out in the world. If I write some more (and I suspect I will), they can begin the next set.
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