COMPOSITIONS

for PIANO

Rhapsody in Purple 
for orchestra (3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp., 3 perc., piano, harp, strings) with piano solo 
brass quintet + piano version also available.

Commissioned and premiered

by Ensemble Eclctica.

Duration—20”

A re-imagination of George Gerwhin's "Rhapsody in Blue," this version is more virtuosic and stylistically diverse. It can be performed with simple choreography to further engage and thrill the audience.

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MOVEMENT 1

MOVEMENT 2

MOVEMENT 3

MOVEMENT 4

American Music Roads Scholar       

for 2 pianos, 4 hands, and 9 brains

Commissioned by Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

Premiered by Anderson and Roe. 

Duration—18”

 

Each movement inspired by a different genre of

American music.

  • I. MARDI GRAS: Marti’s Grass Parade. Like a New Orleans parade, but in 7/4.

  • II. TECHNO: Neon Club Music. Bring out your inner punk. 

  • III. PATRIOTIC MINIMALISM: American Gates. Incorporates "America the Beautiful"

  • IV. BLUEGRASS: Rocky Mountain Jam. Fast and fun. 

Some duos have integrated costumes and choreography.

SCORE SAMPLE

Super Power

for pianist and percussionist (played on a grand piano) or solo pianist

Duration—10”

 

While the nine movements of this piece strictly adhere to traditional Indian kathak rhythms, the musical content incorporates Cutler's unique harmonies, melodies, and textures. 

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MOVEMENT 2

MOVEMENT 5

Theme & 1,812 Variations 

for piano quintet (2 grand pianos, prepared grand piano, harpsichord, and out-of-tune upright) and extras. 

Duration—18”

These wildly different stylistic variations reference Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, performed by different players on various keyboard instruments.  The notation style is as varied as the music.

THEME 

MOVEMENT 3

FINALE

MOVEMENT 1

MOVEMENT 4 

ENCORE

Off the Record

for solo piano. 

Duration—7”

Utilizing elements of classical, Latin, and jazz music, ‘Off the Record’ is a virtuosic work for piano that references the antique invention called a record player.  Certain mishaps, such as a skipping needle, playing speeds, and unplugging the machine adorn this delightful show stopper.

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Romance

for solo piano. 

Duration—5”

 

A beautiful ballade for solo piano that fits harmonically somewhere between Rachmaninoff and Bill Evans.

Nine Patch

versions for piano solo or rhythm section, with optional

Indian Kathak dancer

Duration—20”

 

While the nine movements of this piece strictly adhere to traditional Indian kathak rhythms, the musical content incorporates Cutler's unique harmonies, melodies, and textures. 

Dreaming in Taal

for solo piano with optional Indian Kathak dancer

Duration—7”

 

Combining Indian rhythms with Western compositional techniques. 

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