Veranderungen

Violin and piano
15 minutes
1995

Program Note

Veranderungen for violin and piano was written in 1995; in 1998 it won both the Speculum Musicae and Auros Group for new Music composition Competitions. The work is dedicated to the memory of Hal Bramson, a dear friend who had just died of cancer. The title means “transformation” in German, referring to the transformation of life into death as well as to the variation form of the work. There are nine variations and a freer conclusion based on several further, incomplete variations. The work builds to a big piano climax after which the violin re-enters and leads to a peaceful close.