Red Cannas (composed Aug. 2008) is an attractive chamber work made appealing in its fluid, often decorative action of the piano. The grace of the music’s fine melodious touches in the work provide a buoyant rhythm that is keen and references moments of anguish and bitterness with a personal touch that is more than simply gestural. Its movement speaks a language relatively free of tonal references.
The opening is fluid, shifting from one expressive, melodic phrase to the next but allowing also sudden, emphatic interruptions. Its style bypasses recent trends and seeks its roots in the troubled lyricisms, with hints of Berg. The work is intermittently thrown off course by subtle changes of meter and phrase length. The tendency toward quietly relentless forward movement, pulse is maintained but draws back towards its conclusion in quiet and immobile points of silence.