ensemble solo piano
duration ~2:00
score PDF, 75KB
performance history private wedding
date completed 1995


I wrote this piece for a friend’s wedding ceremony; some incidental music during the lighting of the unity candle.

For those who are unfamiliar, when you write what you think is a really short piece, it’s never as short as you think it is. If you’re providing the backdrop for the lighting of a candle, two minutes is an eternity. Heck, one minute is probably too long. So once the candle was lit, people stood around and waited for the music to stop. Whoops. Lesson learned.

Anyway, this piece is a very simple structure. One melody is introduced against a (mostly) pedal tone, then another melody is introduced against a (mostly) pedal tone, then the piece builds in intensity and the two melodies are played together simply, with no accompanying pedal tones. They interlock and complement each other.