||The Alchemy of Solitude
||Bitensky, Laurence Scott
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|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
- L. Bitensky, piano, Centre College
||2006 Silly Blsck Dog Music
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
The Alchemy of Solitude was written during my sabbatical break of 2006. I wrote this short but weighty work in order to have a new piano work for me to perform and as a way to explore some new compositional ideas. It is somewhat of an essay on the melancholic, in which a deeply sad melody and mood gain momentum and build to a rhythmic groove and climax, only to fall back to melancholy again.