6. The Catskills, 4.36

The Catskills (composed Dec. 2011) is a fairly dissonant yet visceral work for piano solo with sharp contrasting thematic material and jagged symmetries.  The idea for the piece was inspired (and written in) The Catskills in New York state during a composer residency in which Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the mountainous areas that caused severe damage and power outages for many regions just north of Manhattan.  

This piece centers on rolling chordal structures that traverse over ranges using heavy-handed and dense clusters while also contrasting them with lighter trilling figures and gestural downward and upward shapes that paint a picture that, on the whole, feel balanced and nuanced yet contained and self-restrictive of breaking melodious linear lines and barred from any notion of fleeting Romantic suggestions.  

for Piano Solo