Zooveniers was inspired by a trip to the Memphis Zoo in 2010.  During this time I had been toying around with the idea of doing a suite of miniatures; I love miniatures and the inherent challenge in making them interesting and complete musical ideas.   As I wandered the Zoo, I thought of how little time one spends looking at the exhibits before moving onto the next one, and BAM! inspiration struck.  The movements are as follows:

I.  Zoo Entrance

II.  The Birdhouse

III.  Elephants

IV.  Cheetahs

V. The Carousel

VI.  Pandas

VII.  Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses

VIII. The Primate Pavillion

IX.  Zoo Exit

The piece is intended to be a fun romp through an imaginary zoo.  I plan on writing more movements at some point and releasing a “Zooveniers II” that can be combined with the first to make an even larger suite.