Program Notes

Ritornello, written in 2005, is the fourth work I wrote expressly for Satoko Inoue. In each successive work for Satoko I tried to develop a different kind of piano writing or “pianism’. Ritornello reflects some characteristics common among my recent compositions in general: relatively thick texture, and juxtapositions of short sections of sharply contrasting musical characters, etc. As suggested in the title, Ritornello is also characterized recurrences of the same (or almost same) phrases.