strange flowers, occasional storms (2008)
piano solo

Robert Morris

Program Notes

strange flowers, occasional storms was written in late 2008 as a musical gift for Zuzanna Szewczyk who had brilliantly performed an earlier piano piece of mine called "Each Time." The new piece was written with Zuza's playing in mind, which in part is suggested by its title. In this piece, I developed a new structural idea that somewhat changed the sound of my music as well as dispersed musical material in a new and different way. As a result this piece’s gestures linger from time to time but sometimes erupt violently. Even so, strange flowers... clusters similar materials together, creating what can be heard as a series of musical gardens.