29. Nero’s Fire: 5 Songs for Violin & Piano, 6.28

Nero’s Fire (5 movements for Violin and Piano) (composed November 2013) is a five-movement lyrical duet for piano and violin. The idiom is personal and spritely. The duet is full of passionate energy, uneven meters and dissimilar modes of expression for the different instruments.

It is a tonal piece, though it is not at all neo-Romantic, it wrestles with distant inflections and wailing harmonies in beautiful moments, evoking the broad expanse of the elemental simplicity of pastoral Romanesque treatments. It offers strikingly diverse multiple subjects in a lucid, engaging piece; effusively using the high registers of the violin it contrasts strains of both lyrical and abrasiveness gestures in surely handled structures and gorgeous textures.