Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1991 Performed by Linda Camp
This work was originally written to perform on a concert program for the Arlington Heights Library. The sonata exhibits a Franz Liszt flavor. It is technically demanding from start to finish with waves of arpeggiated chords supporting octave melodies. The first movement paints a picture of waves caressing a beach. The second movement starts with allusions to the first movement then moves into a melancholy mood that finally bursts forth in a fury. The third movement incorporates thoughts from the second movement but in a whirlwind fashion. This raucous adventure finally stops for a reflective breath in the middle but quickly is off and racing to itís intense staccato finish.
Love of My Soul
Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1990 Performed by Susan Siciliano, Flute, Brian Conn, Piano.
This piece was written as a prelude piece for church. The title eludes to God as the lover of our souls. I was wanting a stately, almost march, feel as the fluteís fluid lines ebb and rise throughout the work. Reminiscent of Handelís Xerxes.
Sonata for Flute & Piano
Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1996 Performed by Susan Siciliano, Flute, Linda Camp, Piano.
This piece was written in honor of the marriage of Susan Siciliano and Michael Meyers, December 22, 1996. The first movement starts out with Irish melody. The second movement begins with solo flute and the piano joining in for a romantic interplay. The phrase of the flute tapers as the piano line rises up in an incessant emotional swell. Susan performed this section of the sonata for all in attendance at her and Michaelís wedding reception. The third movement reminds me of Poulenc. It remains founded in tonality but ventures into a contemporary chromatic mode. This is definitely the most challenging of the three movements for both the flute and piano.
III. Allegro moderato
Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1996 Performed by Thomas Yang, Violin, Peter Szczepanek, Cello, Brian Conn, Piano.
This work was written in response to comments made regarding the heavy, dark nature of my compositions. I decided I would write a lighter, easily digestible work for the listener. The first movement, moderate in tempo, is almost placid, like the calm surface of a lake. The second movement begins fiercely but resolves into a somber fugue, plaintive, yet constantly in motion as the interwoven lines push toward itís majestic conclusion. I wanted the third movement to be light and dance-like with a brisk pace. It reminds me of Handel or Vivaldi.
The Prostituted Meaning of Love
Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1984 Performed by Susan Siciliano, Flute, Thomas Yang, Violin, Peter Szczepanek, Cello, Brian Conn, Piano.
This work originated as a project for a composition class taught by Dr. Michelle Schelle at Butler University. It is my commentary on the often overused and misused definition of love. The violin represents man and his constant struggle between good and evil. The minimalist piano part represents the heartbeat of man. The tone cluster at the beginning and end of the piece represents the creation of man. The flute portrays an angel pulling man towards heaven. The cello represents Satanís constant pull towards evil.
Hymn for String Quartet
Music by Brian Conn - Composed 1991 Performed by Thomas Yang, Violin, Jerri-Lou Zike, Violin II, Kimberly McLean, Viola, Peter Szczepanek.
This piece originated from a work still in progress. I have an affinity to Irish music and the Irish countryside. Iím constructing a piece for string orchestra based on Irish hymn tunes. This tune might be widely recognized as ďThe King of Love My Shepherd Is.Ē My arrangement is basically a theme and variation with a twist. I wanted the listener to feel they recognized the tune without being able to easily place it. So I wrote the majority of the work in a minor key. Finally, after the celloís various melodies and the layering of the tune in a roundabout, it modulates into the familiar major key. I hope this piece appears to the listener as reverent and soothing to the soul. I thought it a great resolution to this collection of works.