For piano quartet (violin, viola, cello, piano)
Duration: 6 minutes, 30 seconds
Imaginary Dances is divided into five small sections: Introduction, La Danza del Diváio, Valse Pamplemousse, El Tango Extraño de Big Tina y Big Rico, La Tarantella Claustrofobica. Each movement – played attacca – makes use of different dance styles, all combined together with names inspired by my step-daughter’s amazing, completely made-up dance routines. When she was little, she called her hip bone her “diváio”, and in considering that, thus started the process of writing this piano quartet. That characteristic silliness should be part of the approach to this piece – it gives it a sense of fun. After all, Big Tina and Big Rico are the names she gave two grouper fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and “The Claustrophobic” is a dance so strange I’m not sure even this music does it justice.