Little Landon: Program notes

 I wrote this piece in May of 2008 for Jason Baker to honor the birth of his son.  I wanted to write something appropriately reflective and peaceful, but I also wanted to make the work specific to Landon.  I carved out a theme that uses the ‘Landini’ decoration from Renaissance music (basically a line that descends stepwise two notes, and then leaps up a third) and notes drawn from Jason and Landon’s last name (B-flat, A and E).  This motive is presented at the beginning in the top voice, and the rest of the piece develops this idea.