Away You Were for Piano (2010) – Duration: 5′




I wrote Away You Were for my wife, who was living far away from me at the time. I tried to convey the sense of melancholy and desolation through the music. The piece begins on notes E and F, which are our initials, followed by B and A, and are placed on the farthest opposite registers of the piano, gravitating towards a central point in depiction of the heart-wrenching distance. These intervals (and their variations) become the building blocks of the music, which are presented at times as sad, distressful, and unbearable emotions, creating an atmosphere of the deepest mélancholique. Even at the times that nostalgia tries to yield to hope, the reminder of the distance alters the effort. It is not until the very end that the anticipation of reunion prevails.