was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin in honor of their 100th anniversary and is dedicated to pianist Ursula Oppens.
Ursula had asked me to write a more "difficult" piece than my Piano Concerto
(a work she is recording in May with the Louisville Orchestra) one that was technically more challenging. I decided to see if I could write a fast and short piece (well, not that short the piece lasts around 13 minutes) that very rarely stopped or slowed down in intensity. In fact, there is only one place where Rapids
gets a little more relaxed. Before the first cadenza, there is a brief trio of two flutes and a violin that is slow and soft, but once the piano comes back in, the notes are soft but fast again. The title also suggests a river that is moving fast and furiously.