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
V. The Carousel
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.