Teufelstanz means “Devil’s Dance.” a title that befits its dark and twisted, yet enticing color, melodies and dances. Teufelstanz began as a harmonic study using quartal harmony but quickly turned into a piece. The opening measures provide the organization and material for the whole work. Soon the piece takes the listener on a journey farther and farther away from the familiar into several dances that teem with mystery.
My friend Candace Hawkins premiered the piece in 2008. Above is my performance during my senior piano recital in 2010.