Program Notes: Period Piece for two pianos
This composition is a single movement novelty which seeks to seduce the concert-weary listener into a new appreciation for "sonata form." The piece begins with an imitative first theme and seems to proceed traditionally toward a lyrical second theme; however, all expectations are thwarted and a new dimension of stylistic modulation- a kind of musical "time machine"- come into play. Nothing is what it really seems, although a development section ensues. The ultimate irony is that the high point of of the piece is when the materials transmogrify into the climax of Schubert's Great C Major Symphony , which itself is a reflection of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
The work is a model of impurity, yet it retains the outlook of the contemporary world in its eclecticism.