a prelude for piano

Duration: ca. 3'

Winner of the 2018 Richard K. Joseph Composition Prize


The ghost-lights, or will-o’-the-wisps, of folklore are described as mysterious floating orbs of light or flame often appearing at night in swamps or bogs. Many stories claim that they are the souls of the wicked, doomed to wander the earth eternally. These spirits are sometimes characterized as mischievous, pulling harmless pranks on unsuspecting victims. However, in some cultures they are known to be malicious, leading travelers off of safe paths and leaving them lost or drowned. The fabled will-o’-the-wisp is the inspiration for Ghost-light (2017), a brief prelude that is ominous yet alluring, only revealing its insidious nature at the very center of the piece.