Richard Becker

Inner Voices (2016)
piano solo

Robert Morris

Program Notes

Inner Voices was written for my long time friend Richard Becker, composer, pianist, composer, and poet. We were classmates in our undergraduate years at the Eastman School of Music. Fifty years later, we reconnected at the last New Music Consortium at USF in 2016.

Inner Voices is introspective, elegiac, and nuanced--qualities I especially admire in Richard's playing. This six minute composition is made like a poem with structural rhymes, assonances, and stanzas, starting simply but eventually becoming complex and ramified and sound and sense--like a theme and variations, but with not much distinction between the theme and the variations.