Falcon Lake Suite, Part One

My new piano book, Falcon Lake Suite, Part One: Six Intermediate Piano Solos accompanied by Incredibly Short Stories is now available.

Falcon Lake Suite, Part One can be purchased on my shop page and will be immediately mailed to you. 

Difficulty level: Intermediate (Conservatory levels 5-8)

Want to know how the pieces sound? Watch my performances of the whole set on YouTube.

Here is an excerpt from “Message from the Composer” found in the book: 

I welcome you to my world, more specifically, my memories of a world from twenty-five years ago—brought to life through piano solos, incredibly short stories, and my sister’s illustrations. 

A few general considerations:

-The incredibly short stories are inspired by the way a child might write a journal entry in school or convey an anecdote to a passing neighbour. They express my memories of childhood as candidly as possible. Falcon Lake is located 140 kilometres east of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Toniata is a small campground/cottage community on the north side of the lake.  

-These are showpieces for the recital and festival stage; yet also focus on specific skills for the developing intermediate pianist, making them appropriate as technical studies. See my guide at the end for more information. 

-I’ve held myself back from using more descriptive markings in the score, but make no mistake: these are story pieces through and through. I’m leaving it up to the performer to add a large dose of imagination.

Two more publications coming soon: 

  • St. Boniface Suite: Six Elementary Piano Solos 
  • A song cycle set to poems about Manitoba Flora

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