Sicilienne (2000)

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Sicilienne was inspired by namesake within the “Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet” by Ernest Chausson, which I had the great pleasure of performing with the violinist Lara St. John and friends. I sketched it while aboard a Long Island Railroad train, and aimed to create a lilting, peaceful and romantic dance in imperceptibly changing meters. For reasons unclear to me, the beginning melody and piano writing is very Brahmsian, while the middle section is more affected by the music of Aaron Copland. I’m not sure how this marriage came to be, and perhaps it’s not for me to know.

CATEGORY chamber music, violin and piano, solo piano music

Sicilienne exists in several different versions:

  • original version, for violin and piano
  • solo piano (arranged for Soheil Nasseri)
  • cello and piano
  • DURATION 3 minutes 30 seconds

    February 17th, 2000
    Paul Hall / The Juilliard School
    New York City


    Jesse Mills, violin,
    Soyeon Lee, piano


    July 13th, 2001 and March 14, 2002
    Robert McDuffie, violin
    Charles Abramovic, piano
    Harris Concert Hall / Aspen Music Festival
    Aspen, Colorado
    (Recorded for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”)

    Widely performed by the violinist Timothy Fain on his recitals.


    Recorded in the solo-piano version by Soheil Nasseri, and available for sale via his website
    Recorded by Tim Fain & Pei-Yao Wang on “River of Light” (Naxos Records) – buy at

    SCORE AVAILABILITY All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]

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