In the fall of 1992, having recently completed my Piano Sonata No. 4, I played a series of three recitals, the first two of which were in Minnesota and North Carolina. The third was in Atlanta, which I then called home, on November 15 at the Piano Gallery of Atlanta on Peachtree Road. Above is the publicity poster we used for that recital. This event, as it turned out, would be my last solo recital in Atlanta. Not long afterward, I went back to school to obtain my master’s degree in composition, and then moved to Tallahassee, FL, where I earned my PhD in music theory.
The largest piece on the program, of course, was the new Piano Sonata No. 4, which I consider my most important large-scale piano solo work. In addition to several other original compositions, the recital included an assortment of challenging works: Beethoven’s Thirty-Two Variations on an Original Theme, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor and Etude op. 10/12 (the “Revolutionary” Etude), and Liszt’s La Campanella. The recital was not recorded, but other performances of all the pieces on the program can be found on my YouTube channel. They are presented below in sequence so that you can re-enact that evening from 1992 in your living room. 🙂