For the record, I thought I would make a note of when any of my own music compositions have been performed publicly.
The little Minuet in E, many times around 1959 as it won a prize.
The Sonata in A (15 minutes, 1958) and much bigger Sonata in D Minor (1960) I think I performed these before an audience at my second music teacher’s home in the late spring of 1960. I played the slow movement other times. I had more technique then, and could actually pull this one off (even the finale).
I would play them in a piano room at Ewell Hall at William and Mary in the fall of 1961, The friend liked the little one, and claims he played it by ear before an audience in Pasadena, CA before an audience over Christmas 1961. He loved the “scale theme” in the first movement.
There may be something to this. During the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC in 2012, the festive A Minor music played before the shows sounded so much like the finale (Presto, A Minor) of my little Sonata, arranged for strings. Maybe the music stuck in someone’s mind over the decades.
I would play one other piece, “Bubbling Brook”, at the Morris County GAA in Morristown NJ before an audience at a talent show in the fall of 1973.
All of this is a long way from Poisson Rouge or the 930 Club. But I bring slowly make the shorter pieces into fully publishable form. But self-teaching of Sibelius takes time.
(Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM EDT)