was commissioned by the late Andrew Wolf and premiered by Peter Serkin at a benefit concert for the All-Newton Music School in November 1985. I feel grateful that I met and worked with Andy Wolf. Although my contact with him was limited to a few conversations, the meaning of this wonderful man remains very much with me. Bagatelles is dedicated to him and to Peter Serkin.
There are three bagatelles in all: Proclamation; Spontaneous Songs
, a group of short character pieces; and finally, The Dance
, a slightly more than three-minute waltz.