The title “Crystal Preludes” has taken on many meanings. The texture of these pieces can be brilliant and luminous at times. The succinct, pithy form of the prelude has allowed me to crystallize elements of my own piano writing that I’ve been yearning to explore.
But truly, this set of preludes is named for the person they are written for: my dearest friend, pianist Crystal Rivette. Crystal and I became friends as teenagers, when all our dreams were still ahead of us. Over decades of friendship, we’ve supported one another’s dreams as they’ve found their way into being.
These pieces are as much for the professional musicians we are today as they are a tribute to the intense, awkward, wildly creative, passionate people we were then. Young pianists, finding your way in the world: These are for you.
We see you. We were you. We’ve got you.
(recordings will be available after premiere)
Premiering Fall 2020