Armen Ksajikian, cello; Robert Thies, piano
Imagined/Remembered was also commissioned by Daniel Kepl for the 2005 Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival. The piece is tonal in nature and is characterized once again by linear melodic writing and unusual meters. The first movement is the most song-like. It was described by a jazz pianist friend of mine as a unique manifestation of “rhythm without pulse.” The second movement is the slowest and also the most dark and dramatic. It was composed on the day I learned of the death of a friend and musical colleague. The third movement is both the most energetic and virtuosic for the cello. It ends with a propulsive burst of exuberant momentum.
Commissioned by Artistic Director Daniel Kepl for the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival, dedicated to Mahlon Balderston