I was introduced to Paul Schoenfield’s music a couple of years ago when the Oregon Symphony performed one of his compositions. It blew me away. The next day I wrote him a fan email and was thrilled by his quick reply. When I purchased a copy of his piano duet, “5 Days in the Life of a Manic-Depressive”, Paul graciously included his Three Intermezzi as a gift.
These three introspective pieces are works he says he wrote just to please himself, specifically, “music my hands feel like touching and sounds my ears enjoy perceiving. The music is intimate, serene and contemplative. It’s the sort of music I improvise at night with the lights out and the house empty.”
I’ve included all three Intermezzi in this post because I feel they progress so beautifully from one to the next. It’s rare to find modern music that borrows much from the past (Bach and Brahms are two influences) yet is still fresh. The challenge, of course, is to allow it to sound improvised, all the while never losing sight of the introspective nature of each one. They’ve been a joy to learn.
The videos were shot by my friend Bob Wall, in my home.
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