- The Belford Waltz
- Heard on the Lake
- The Mystic’s Prayer
- Dave’s Reel
Suite Populaire draws together arrangements of several piano works composed over twenty years. In 1996 the American Composers Forum commissioned The Belford Waltz as a one-page piano solo in honor of Elinor Watson Bell, one of Minnesota’s most beloved musical citizens. Mrs. Bell’s home was named Belford. The four-note theme—E-B-E-L—spells out her name. Heard on the Lake takes the same bell motive on a canoe ride on a Montana lake in honor of Jane Van Dyk. The Mystic’s Prayer is an orchestration of a choral setting of a poem by Scottish writer William Sharp (1856–1902).
Lay me to sleep in sheltering flame,
O Master of the Hidden Fire!
Wash pure my heart, and cleanse for me
My soul’s desire
In flame of sunrise bathe my mind,
O Master of the Hidden Fire,
That, when I wake, clear-eyed may be
My soul’s desire.
The final movement is dedicated to a beloved member of the Twin Cities community. In September 2014 the Cities lost David Buran: physician, parent, grandfather, singer. I sang with David in VocalEssence and the Plymouth Congregational Church Choir. In its original form as a piano solo, Dave’s Reel received a Renée Fisher Composer Award for 2017. It is dedicated to Ann Buran.
Suite Populaire received a McKnight Foundation Minnesota Sinfonia New Works Award in 2015.