Three Questions was written in the summer of 2012 and is dedicated to my undergraduate percussion professor, Dr. Kurt Gartner, and his then-newborn son James. Each of the three movements refers to a question I believe parents should ask themselves when raising a child. Can They Think? is a quick-moving moto perpetuo meant to mimic the rapid stream of thoughts and ideas our brains often create. In contrast, Can They Dream? is a slow chorale that celebrates the aspirations and goals humans make for themselves. The work concludes with Can They Play?, which serves as a reminder to not take life too seriously and have fun once in a while!
This video was taken at the Kansas State University Honors Recital on April 13, 2012 courtesy of Arnold Sound and Video (www.arnoldsound.com) and the Kansas State University School of Music, Theater, and Dance.