Three and a half years ago, Baylor University’s Senior Lecturer in Music Theory, Edward Taylor, planned to compose a small, three-minute piano work in honor of his friend Ashlee Mack on the occasion of her thirtieth birthday. However, the project asserted a will of its own, and a hour-long collection of twelve preludes emerged. Dr. Taylor’s Ashlee Preludes (subtitled “Twelve Chromatic Preludes for Piano”) will receive their world premiere performance on Wednesday, October 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
The pianists, all members of the Baylor music faculty, will be Lecturer in Collaborative Piano Cameron Hofmann, Senior Lecturer in Music Theory Doug Claybrook, Assistant Professor of Piano Terry Lynn Hudson, and Assistant Professor of Piano Kae Hosoda-Ayer.
Dating from the spring of 2011, Edward Taylor’s Ashlee Preludes salute some of the great preludes of the past—notably those of Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy—but the work exemplifies a rigorous, intensely chromatic, post-tonal language, relying on a single twelve-tone series as source material.
The work’s dedicatee, Ashlee Mack, has been a champion of Dr. Taylor’s music for over a decade. She premiered the Second Piano Sonata on her 2005–2006 concert tour that featured a performance at the American Academy in Rome. She is a founding member of the Khasma Piano Duo and pianist for the Society for Chromatic Art, a New York-based new music ensemble that Taylor co-founded in 1998 with Mack’s husband, composer James Romig.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.