Bourland’s Three Impromptus gets its premiere June 5, 2010

May 24, 2010

Lana Chae will premiere my Three Impromptus for piano (2009) on June 5, Schoenberg Hall at 5 pm. Admission is free, stop by if you’re in the area.

Three Impromptus
for piano was written in the summer of 2009 in Palm Springs.

I love working in the desert in the summer, that is, assuming you have a pool and fabulous house with air conditioning. It’s so hot outside, all you can do is work. So I get up at 5 am and compose all day. Finish around 4:30, go see a movie, eat dinner out, go back, compose a bit, watch TV for a while, read and go to sleep, I do that for four days and get a lot of work done. This piece had such a work regimen.

The first and third piece were written as a complement to Lana’s choice to perform the Goldberg Variations, in other words, no counterpoint, and no melody. That’s tricky for me as I’m such a melodicist at heart. The middle movement is a stream of little musical summer daydreams, poignant and catchy and each is very different. But that’s the way summer is.

If I were straight, Lana and I would already be married or have gone through a nasty break up. Neither ever happened: I am already happily married. I was her teacher for a year in music theory. She always sat in the back row and was very smart. I haven’t seen Lana too much these days, but I hear she is a terrific Teaching Assistant and that her talent as a pianist is increasing at a logarithmic rate. Three Impromptus was composed for Lana Chae, student of my colleague and friend, Walter Ponce.

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