Lois V Vierk
for solo piano
When pianist Aki Takahashi talked to me in 1990 about commissioning a short piece inspired by a Beatles tune, I enthusiastically began going through all my old favorites from teenage years. I chose "She Loves You" and got to work. The first phrase of this tune, an ascending scale, is stretched out with tremolos and arpeggiated embellishments over the beginning 43 measures of my piece. After that, my composition follows the harmonic structure of "She Loves You", with melodic fragments woven in. At the very end of the piece the musical phrase "yeah yeah yeah" is whispered briefly by the piano.
This recording is by pianist Sachiko Kato, recorded live in concert on Aug. 20, 2008 at the Phoenix Hall in Osaka, Japan.