Toccata for piano solo
Beck's Toccata "held its head up well next to its twentieth-century predecessors in the genre by Ravel and others[.]"
- New York Concert Review (2011)
"[S]pirited and attractive[,] … [the Toccata] immediately imparts a feeling of warmth and familiarity[.]"
- All Music Guide
This piano solo is the final movement of the Four Piano Pieces (1995). Initially composed in 1988 in New York City as an encore piece for the pianist Deborah Jamini, it was later added to that set. The Toccata is in a “traditional” toccata style, with running sixteenth notes marked vivace, albeit in my own tonal idiom.
Premiered by Deborah Jamini 20 February 1988 at the Mannes College of Music in New York, Toccata was recently performed by Nataliya Medvedovskaya 4 August 2011 on the Here and Now Series at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY.
The given recording features Heather Coltman, piano, and may be found on my 2008 CD Never Final, Never Gone (innova 696).
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Toccata [2.76 MB]
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