This is the beginning of our trip to Tuscany. While on my journey, I thought I would discuss a work that seemed to quietly fade away without the slightest whimper.
Today I'm thinking about the years of publications that seem to meld together through the years as moments of exploring and changing as a composer Years of working as an elementary school teacher in my adopted city of Dallas. Of the thousands of students that I worked with through nearly three decades of teaching, only a hand full still stay in touch with me. My education was much more enriched by them then by what I gave to them. Hopefully, the love for the piano is now being passed on by many of them to the next: generation.
My "Romance" was written at a time when the need for beauty and romanticism was flowing as a younger composer. The first theme that came to mind was the middle section in c minor.The simple falling line was the beginnings of a work that was built on simplicity and beauty. I had envisioned the section continuing to develop, yet as what happens as a pedagogical work all too often, took course. As l look back on this work years later, I still feel the form needing to be the length of my original intent, the thought stays alive many years later as I listen to the work performed by others.The moment of inspiration is always remembered by the composer. These moments are far and and few between the daily thoughts of what is usually needed to get through a day without forgetting the repetitious tasks that we all are required to perform to survive each day..
As I hear the work performed by students in our studio, usually studying with my wife, I'm still captivated by the same exact moments that influenced my decision to write the work originally. The composer's original intend never. Changes through the years of hearing performances of the work.The opening section came much later.I felt that it's whole.existence was built on the moments needed to gradually ascend to the c minor middle section. An introduction that foreshadowed the high point of the work, the middle section.
Finding the balance between melodic content and accompaniment is a constant struggle for.both performers and composers. The tradition of music written for the piano stretches from the music of Bach, Chopin to Prokofiev and beyond. Much music can be so different as far as texture and content. Good music always has much more in common than differences due to time periods and external influences. I feel the opening A section should be on the quick side.The middle section should be developed not by tempo changes. but by dynamic nuances.Success of this work should be judged by the "sublime" and attention given to the quiet moments as the unique quality found in this gentle work.
Timothy Brown, August 18th, 2018