A Prayer for the Abandoned (2015)
For piano trio
Duration 5 minutes
Commissioned by Copland House Cultivate
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A Prayer for the Abandoned is a piano trio in 3 miniature movements that are played attacca. Each movement ends with the a tremolo sul pont. in the cello that signals the end of one movement and beginning of the next. Though in three movements, the overall structure of the piece creates a single dramatic arc: the first movement is essentially a large crescendo in intensity leading to a lyrical second movement that starts with an expressive and rich chord progression in the piano. In the final movement, the violin melody of the first movement comes back, this time developed and finally resolved.
I wrote A Prayer for the Abandoned after I found out that an old friend had lost his partner in a car accident.