Five Pieces for Piano (from Persian Piano Night)

Instrumentation     piano

Duration                   14:00

Year Composed      2010

Commissioned by  ICOT

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Five Pieces for Piano is inspired by the extreme emotional distress that my family and I suffered when they realized his father had dementia.

  1. In Search of Elusive Memories: is derived largely from his memories of childhood- the song his father played to me by the violin.
  2. Lost: evokes deep sadness and confusion after my father’s illness.
  3. Desperate in Darkness: is a journey to the depth of darkness, terror, disappointment, and emptiness.
  4. Ecstatic: portrays the happy and joyful days when my father was still healthy.
  5. Asscension: is a recurrence of the theme of first piece in a tranquil atmpsphere.


  • August 7, 2011— Saman Shahi, piano
    Haliconian Hall (Toronto, ON)
  • October 15, 2011— Saman Shahi, piano
    Conrad Grebel University College Chapel (Waterloo, ON)
  • October 29, 2011— Saman Shahi, piano
    Chapelle Saint-Louise de l’eglise (Montreal, QC)
  • February 4, 2012— Saman Shahi, piano
    Perez Hall, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
  • October 5, 2013— Keyan Emami, piano
    A Touch of Light, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Canadian Music Centre (Toronto, ON)
  • May 15, 2014— Maziar Heidari, piano
    A Canadian Mosaic, What Next, Festival of New Music, Christ Church Cathedral (Hamilton, ON)



To obtain a copy of the score, contact Keyan Emami.