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Book of Whimsy is a series of dedications to pianists whose influence upon me was formative. I stopped at 18 due to sheer exhaustion. Book of Whimsy is organized in three folios of six pieces each. The first folio comprises the briefest pieces --- the original six; in the second folio the pieces become longer and more intricate, and, in the third folio, they extend into even longer pieces with a greater depth of form.
Many of these pieces are about a singular idea. A simple example is found in the very first piece. You hear a constant rhythmic figure of six eighth notes followed by a dotted eighth and a sixteenth. Integrated into this pattern is the narrative of the piece, which unfolds with a singer’s sense of song. Many of the pieces fit similar profiles, though some of the later pieces take a more expanded approach. Book of Whimsy is a tribute to those pianists to whom I owe a significant debt of gratitude. (Steven Sacco)