The composer writes: the ‘Four Bits for Piano’ were composed during the seemingly timeless days of a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in the woods of New York State. They contain, for me, the spirit of those days.
First Performance: Composer, Cambridge Massachusets, Nov 1987
For movement II, the pianist may sing the vocal line at the end of the piece. A more theatrical alternative is to have the singer stand next to the piano for the entire piece, sing the text at the end, and sit down.