Piano Trio in Memoriam David Macbride
Instrumentation: Piano Trio
David Macbride was one of the kindest, most generous, and most genuine people I have ever known. During my time at The Hartt School David was an important figure for me: A wonderful teacher and mentor, a free spirit, friend, and eventually a colleague. One of my greatest regrets is that I never studied with him privately, although his Music Since 1950 course is one of the best courses I have ever taken.
I’m ashamed to say that after leaving Connecticut I did not stay in touch as well as I would have liked, only a few posts on social media every so often. Still, his passing shook me to my core. Not a day goes by where I don’t think on him fondly, and wonder what music he still had to give us. I am constantly reflecting on the things he taught me, not only as a musician, but as a human.
David passed while I was already knee deep in composing this piece. After his passing I reworked many pas-sages as my grief got the better of me. It doesn’t really reflect the music I associate with him, but it does, in many ways, reflect my mindset as I wrote it. Pangs of pure grief give way to a cynical waltz which in turn finds acceptance in a meditative final section. David left us suddenly, and no one, so far as I know, was able to say goodbye. So let this piece be my farewell: Goodbye David, we miss you.
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