In January 2007 I lost one of my first composition teachers, Gerald Kemner.  Dr. Kemner was a brilliant composer and pianist, and I wanted to memorialize him.  I found in my notes from his class a handout of nine motives that he gave to me as ideas for pieces.  I stitched these together in the Mt. Moriah Prelude as a pastiche.  Dr. Kemner is buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City.