for two pianos or piano 4-hands (1998)
Certosa Verlag, 8 minutes
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Scenes in Umbria,
Umbrian Suite (1998) is a lively three-movement piece for two pianos or piano four-hands. The
music was written in Italy during a residency at the Civitella Ranieri
Center, an international artists' retreat housed in a medieval castle
overlooking a small hilltown in Umbria. The movements do not
have descriptive titles but are reflections on the contrasts between
life in the busy little hilltowns north of Rome and the Italian countryside. The
three short movements alternate tempos of fast, slow, and fast.
Premiered by composer Elizabeth Vercoe and pianist Wanda Paik at
the Sixth Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University in Pennsylvania,
the two musicians also performed the Umbrian Suite at several venues in the Boston
area including Regis College where they were colleagues. The
piece was also performed at Austin Peay State University in
Tennessee when the composer held the Acuff Chair of Excellence in
the spring of 2003.
In 2009 Umbrian Suite was selected for the Living Composers
Project by Anything Piano, a project initiated by Boston-area pianist
Piano). The duo, Donna Gross Javel & Bonnie Anderson, have
since performed the suite at the Boston Public Library and at Lowell
In 2010 the husband and wife duo from Baylor University, Terry Lynn
and Andrew Hudson, performed the Umbrian Suite at the London School of Music.
Umbrian Suite is published by Certosa Verlag in Germany.
To order the
score: Certosa Verlag
Donna Gross Javel
Wanda Paik & the composer