Shy and Mighty is a full-length album of music for two pianos. It began as a kind of personal compositional notebook back in 2005, and after a gestation period, emerged transformed into a big butterfly, I mean senior thesis project. Since then, it’s gone on to become my début album, which I recorded with David Kaplan and was released by Nonesuch in 2010.
- Antennae A simple tripartite piece which sounds like a robotic toccata.
- The night jaunt A long nocturnal walk, solitary or perhaps with a friend.
- Tunnel An interstitial movement which leads nowhere.
- Trip by train A virtuosic conversation between pianos, which eventually becomes contemplative and lyrical, finally falling asleep.
- Die Spieluhr A music box which plays disjunct Mahler.
- Out of shape Chews on I and V chords for a good long time.
- La Malinconia A verse/chorus structure, with long melodic lines built from repeated-note figures.
- How can I live in your world of ideas? Takes its name from the caption of a cartoon I drew, which depicts a young penguin and his parents in a museum, looking at a painting of a naked woman. This piece starts out as a theme and variations, but is then gradually overtaken by extraneous material from somewhere else entirely.
- Flirtation Ave. An extended process of “coming together”, followed by a rowdy coda.
- Pavane (pour un compositeur défunt) An homage to gospel music and the late composer D. M., or perhaps neither.