An American Toccata

Set in a three-part form, An American Toccata opens with rapid , five-note ideas of the first section gives way to the rhythmic patterns of the second section. In the second section, a slower, more self-reflective melody is heard, harmonized by tall chords. An American Toccata is rounded out by a return to the flowing five-note patterns heard in the first section. The asymmetrical phrases, changing meters, syncopation, and jazz-like harmonies all contribute to the distinctive American sound of the composition.

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An American Toccata
acrylic and pastel on paper 30″H x 24″W

piano and painting

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