Reverie (1999) for solo piano was commissioned by Charles and Jesse Price and composed at the request of pianist John Kamitsuka. The genesis of its composition is directly related to the recital at which it was premiered. Since that recital was conceived around the music of J.S. Bach, Mr. Kamitsuka’s request came with the desire that the new work relate to the music of Bach in some way. In fact, the piece which resulted was composed with the knowledge that, at its premiere, it would fall between the D Minor Keyboard Concerto and the Goldberg Variations. Finding myself in this precarious position led me to avoid composing a work which sounded at all like Bach, which employed Baroque conventions, or which attempted to redefine or reinvent Baroque musical ideals. Instead, I recalled my childhood infatuation with Bach’s music. As a boy, I remember daydreaming about this music. Reverie is a reflection of those daydreams, a brief work exploring spatial sonority, texture, and memory. Although quotations in the work are few, the central harmonic design of the piece is based on the chorale “Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele” (a favorite chorale of mine as a child). The work, therefore, evokes a child’s daydream of Bach’s music; a “reverie” of deeply felt, wide-eyed admiration.