First Dance

Year Composed: 2005
Instrumentation: violin, piano
Duration 6 minutes

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“First Dance” was written in the summer of 2005 to celebrate the wedding of two very good friends: Mark and Elizabeth Andrews, who performed this piece at their reception as a substitute for an actual first dance! The piece contains three themes: one for Mark, one for Liz, and a sweeping melody in the middle section symbolizing their union. Towards the end of the piece, all three themes are heard in counterpoint. By turns heartfelt and playful, “First Dance” is a tribute to our friendship and to their love for one another.


  • August 20, 2005 - Elizabeth Andrews, violin; Mark Andrews, piano. Trinity Hall, University of Toronto
  • June 18, 2007 - Elizabeth Andrews, violin; Mark Andrews, piano. Heliconian Hall, Toronto

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