This piece has two firsts for me.  Although I have written much piano accompaniment this is my first concerto for piano.  This is also the first time I have written for harp.  So if there is an angel out there, please look over the harp part and tell me if it is playable. 

     All comments are welcome and appreciated.

Cappricio 2nd half.mp3


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  • Christopher,

         I will attempt to answer your questions as best I understand them.

         In a large score there may be over a hundred chords written into string parts.  I follow the general rule that all parts are divided unless otherwise stated. 

         There are no chromatic glissandos for piano.  All glissandos begin and end on black notes, or begin and end on white notes. 

         I once bought a copy of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and tried to play it with a recording of Leonard Bernstein.  It became obvious that my copy had more notes and was more difficult, because orchestra parts were incorporated into what was a solo piece.  In concertos it is impractical to double orchestra parts and similarly impractical to write large orchestration like brass over the piano part, as it will drown out the piano.  So there are sections which are easy to play.  Piano solos and concertos are two different animals.  You may also notice that I slowed the tempo for the difficult piano solo section.  Of course the pianist has the option to play  it a faster tempo.

         Fingering and R.H., L.H. are not specified because, in my experience, good pianists ignore them and do what is most comfortable.

         Composing for 20 years, I have never written a string quartet, so any similarities you may infer between this piece and a string quartet are purely coincidental.


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