the scent of their roses does not remain


the scent of their roses does not remain
scored for: solo piano
duration: approximately 8 minutes

Commissioned by/Premiere:

Brianna Maezke (commission and world premiere)
February 16, 2018 / Kent State University, Vanguard Series, Kent, OH


Adam Tendler performs the scent of their roses does not remain on the Piano Talks series at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

About the work:

Commissioned by pianist Brianna Maetzke for her Response Project, the work was written in dialogue with a song from Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61 Revisited' album.
Not long after Brianna invited me to contribute to her Bob Dylan-inspired response project I had a relatively quick succession of losses, life changes, and challenges that were beyond what I felt I could understand. Though I had initially intended a broader reflection on the song “Queen Jane Approximately,” my head and my heart kept driving towards one particularly beautiful and biting lyric (which is -approximately- the title for this piece). It seems to desire permanence while confronting the very opposite reality we all experience as we move through life.