Shades of December (2010) for piano

World premiere performance by Jeff LaDeur at UC Santa Cruz Thursday March 12, 2015

“Shades of December” was composed in December 2010 by Nick Vasallo. Dedicated to Camille Chitwood-Harrison and Lea Trinidad. Commissioned by Cameron Harrison.

This piece is a study of both overtones and complementary whole-tones scales. Influenced by Ligeti’s idea of “quasi-equidistant” scalar illusions which, in his mind, created the illusion of non-temperament in an equal tempered setting. The piece oscillates between these two main ideas and in some instances converge momentarily. The title reflects the time in which the piece was composed.