Three Intermezzi (ca. 14')
From program notes by Christina Dahl: 'Schoenfield has described his Three Intermezzi as one of a very few works he has written simply to please himself. In his words, 'Here is music my hands feel like touching with sounds my ears enjoy perceiving.' Its three movements were written at different times, but coalesced into a single work. This kind of assembly has many precedents in music history; among the most famous examples is Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata for Violin and Piano. The Three Intermezzi explore an interior world devoid of anything ostentatious. Schoenfield's signature counterpoint--echoing both Bach and Brahms--is evident throughout. The music is intimate, serene and contemplative. 'It's the sort of music I improvise at night with the lights out and the house empty,' he says. The first Intermezzo quotes a bit of a Bach prelude, then develops it in waves and spirals that course up and down the keyboard. The theme periodically resurfaces to initiate new rounds of exploratory counterpoint, leading down unanticipated paths, until it takes a final bow and exits. The second Intermezzo emerges from a single repeated note into an oscillating minor third and finally into a dark and soulful sicilienne. More active music inhabits the middle section, then is laid over the opening material, and finally thins to its original texture to end the piece. The third Intermezzo, as long as the other two combined, explores the boundaries where decidedly crafted music and mediation combine.'