Solo Piano (1996) Three Movements. ca. 12’30”
Premiered by Perry Townsend at Steinway Hall. Of the premiere, the reviewer for the New Music Connoisseur (Vol. 5, No. 4, 1997) wrote: “Starting off the program was Griffin’s Vernacular Dances, which plays off popular styles (Latin rhythms, blues, jazz) in a very serious way. This muscular work, expertly played by pianist Perry Townsend, was the strongest of the concert.”
Recorded by Teresa McCollough (for Innova) and Tomoko Deguchi (for Capstone).
Watch pianist and visual artist Hugh Sung’s intrepretation of the first movement, filmed at Field Concert Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music:
Listen to Teresa McCollough perform the second movement:
Vernacular Dances, Mvt. II
Listen to Perry Townsend perform the third movement: