Four orchestral variations in a late 19th-century style build upon a piano theme begun by Mr. Stolyarov in 2002 and subsequently rediscovered and completed in 2018. The strong chords and frequent major-minor contrasts evoke the dramatic, sweeping views of the Carson Valley, which often encompass multiple contrasting weather phenomena.
This composition’s harmonies resemble those found in music of the late 18th-century Classical period, while some of the devices used — including the lengthy trills for the flute and the harp — are more extensive than could be found in that era, as no human flute player could maintain a trill for as long as a computer program can. There are three basic melodies in this piece, and their orchestration is varied over time. The mood of the composition is light, cheerful, and playful — although, it is to be hoped, not frivolous.
This work, originally composed in 2009, has been re-mastered in Finale 2011 software for four parts: piano, flute, bassoon, and harp.
Mr. Pann is a cellist, and – in his honor – this piece is arranged for a cello and three pianos. The cello and the key of F major add to the warmth and brightness of the melody. This composition is played in the Finale 2011 software using the Steinway Grand Piano and Cello Plr3 instruments.Thank you, also, to Mr. Carl Witty, for contributing funds to the creation of this work.