Shattered Dreams

Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Solo instrument (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

This piece was written for the University of Hawaii Spring 2006 Young Composers' Symposium.

The idea was a simple melancholy tune set to a repeating i-bVII-VI "Flamenco" chord progression. It came to me one day while I was practicing piano, but soon kept coming back to haunt me. I decided to write this piece based on that material and some "new" ideas my teacher encouraged me to use. I'm proud of the result, only wishing that I had more time to extend the piece.

The program notes from the cover page: "The idea for Shattered Dreams began at a difficult time in my life. I had been living in fantasy for some time now; my life was made up of silly dreams and expectations of my �perfect future.� However, reality hit me hard as I discovered a terrible truth, something which never should have been possible. But it was. And I had to face it. My dream could never be realized now. It was destroyed, turned from something once attainable into something far beyond my reach.

"Now, what once was a dream resides broken within my mind. It still torments me. And it hurts me so much. . ."

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