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
INSTRUMENTATION Sicilienne exists in several different versions:

  • original version, for violin and piano
  • solo piano (arranged for Soheil Nasseri)
  • cello and piano
  • flute and piano
  • recorder and piano
DURATION 3 minutes 30 seconds
WORLD PREMIERE February 17th, 2000
Paul Hall / The Juilliard School
New York City
Soyeon Lee, piano
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES 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.

RECORDING Recorded by Tim Fain (violin) & Pei-Yao Wang (piano) on “River of Light” (Naxos Records) – hear in the video above and buy at

Recorded by Andrea Ritter (recorder) and Daniel Koschitzki (piano), hear on youtube

Recorded in the solo-piano version by Soheil Nasseri.

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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