L'Homme Armé Variations
Julia Killey, April 2011
Commissioned by and dedicated to Julia Killey
The L'Homme Armé Variations were commissioned by Julia Killey for performance at her senior piano recital. Julia and I had been long friends since high school, so the opportunity to write a work for her was one I relished. These variations are straight-forward and appealing, with grateful nods to past eras and composers. Listeners will hear bits of Renaissance counterpoint, medieval rhythmic techniques, Bach fugues, and even a bit of tintinnabuli!