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Toccata in Varying Meters (2020)

from Eight Portraits in Ten Movements

Solo piano

3 minutes

Preview Score


"Stop it."


While all of the portraits in this set strive to convey the subject's personality, they approach the task in different ways. Some are hyper-specific, highlighting only one trait. Others are more general, describing the subject as a whole. This portrait is abstract; the themes themselves represent Siyi, but their development represents the environment surrounding her. The opening theme is grounded and down-to-earth; the second theme is dreamy. Despite the constant shifts in meter, the pulse always remains the same. No matter the situation, Siyi always keeps a cool head and does the right thing. She deserves only the best.

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