Incitation to Desire by Chester Biscardi
This one had me at the title. And once I heard Yvar Mikhashoff's recording of it, I special ordered the sheet music, determined to learn it as soon as possible. Sadly, "as soon as possible" proved to be over a decade later, but it eventually found its way into my repertoire and I've performed it several times, most recently this concert recording.
Incitation to Desire should be played almost as an improvisation--just the same way that the Argentinian tango is danced. It's the pianist and the piano and the interplay of notes--sensuous, slinky, unapologetic. Chester Biscardi, the composer, asks for a flexible interpretation of dynamics and tempi. In layman's terms, this piece needs to be played from the senses, not the brain; instinct, not reason.
Chet and I had a brief email exchange shortly after I first posted this video to another website. He wrote to thank me for my performance of the piece--a gracious gesture from a composer who has had his music played and recorded by fine musicians all over the globe. My next Biscardi project? Learn his In Time's Unfolding.
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