Seasons is a collection of six original piano pieces dedicated to my pianist friends and family.
I try to capture the essence of each person and place, to take the listener on a musical journey.
Sunrise at Yushan
Dedicated to Jeremy Lee
Yushan means Jade in Mandarin. Yushan Mountain (Jade Mountain) is the most beautiful mountain in Taiwan, and may become one of the new natural wonders of the world. When the sun rises over the mountain, it is an awesome experience! The sun makes the snow glisten in many colors like Chinese jade. I wrote this piece as a new beginning, from China to America. The chance to play piano in America was a great gift for my friend, Jeremy Lee. He could not play much in China, because he did not have a piano in his apartment. When he wanted to practice, he had to pay the lady across the hall to use her piano. His only opportunity to practice the piano was when she let him.
The many colors and shades of sound in Sunrise at Yushan provide images of visual sound, like a sunrise made on a piano. For my friend, every day is a new sunrise, a new beginning with a dream to be fulfilled, like the many colors on Yushan.
Dedicated to Konstantin Sirounian
Veraneo means "summering" or "vacationing" in Spanish. My composition teacher, Konstantin Sirounian, suggested I write a Latin piece for my first assignment with him. I used a 3 note motif that plays forward and in reverse, alternating between Major and minor in rapid succession, giving a mood of both light and dark, like the sun on a hot day, rippling in a heat wave, cooling off in the shade, happy times on vacation at the beach, and hot summer nights all in one piece. It is a summer fantasy story in music.
Dedicated to Jeff Hanson
My husband Jeff grew up in Florida, where he spent many days sailing and adventuring on the water. Spinnaker Bay was composed as an intermediate level piano piece for him to play, that would remind him of those golden summer days of his childhood.
Autumn in Connecticut (A Song of Peace and Thanksgiving)
Dedicated to Carlen Gaines
Autumn in Connecticut was composed for my cousin, Carlen Gaines, who lives in Connecticut. I wrote this piece during the fall, looking out my window watching the leaves brilliantly dressing up the trees in various shades of color, then flying away in waves and swirling around in the air all the way down the street . For Autumn, I tried to imitate the calm, serenity of fall, intertwined with the capricious antics of the swirling leaves, and that lovely, warm feeling of gratitude as Thanksgiving approaches, counting my blessings and giving thanks for my family and friends.
La Petite Rose
Dedicated to Belva Thibodeau Hannon
Words by Mary A. Hannon
Music by Deborah Keily Hanson
A newborn rose, all robed in pink,
With petals stretched toward morning sun,
Catches me in its embrace,
And holds me there before I run.
I stop to stare, and bend to touch,
Its tender petals, not too much.
It captures me, in place and time.
A perfect moment, and all mine.
I wonder how it came to be,
This perfect rose.
God's little work of mastery.
Dance of the Northern Lights (North Dakota Christmas)
Dedicated to Marcella Cote Keily
In winter, my mother would ride in a horse drawn sleigh to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The ground glistened with the reflections of the stars sparkling like diamonds on the snow. In the sky, the Northern Lights danced across the sky with the most incredible colors, changing and moving. It seemed that Heaven was touching the Earth in a magical dance of lights.