Suitable for Upper Level High School and University Level students, Facing Forward was commissioned by Naomi and Simon Miller for their son Hugo, on the occasion of his sixteenth birthday; to acknowledge Hugo’s love and enjoyment of music through its creation.
Structurally based on the Scarlatti Sonatas, Glisten is a sparkling, short virtuosic work. It is popular as a concert opener, post-graduate piano recitals and aims to bring lightness to a concert program.
‘Sapphire Shimmer, Silica Slide’ was written in response to a gift I received. The gift was to go on a morning sand dune safari, riding four-wheel drive motorbikes in the mountainous dunes near Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Although terrifying at first, it was magnificent.
The coast was spectacular; huge white dangerous dunes and the sparkling ocean. We were told we had to ride exactly in the path of the leader or risk being fatally surprised by a dune that could collapse or avalanche. We rode as we were told and the exhilaration coupled with the beauty made for a wonderful morning. The bikes were noisy but the stillness of the ocean and sand was magic.
This piece is dedicated to Mavis Shannon, my childhood neighbour and piano teacher, who encouraged me musically and was like my second grandmother.
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