(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek)

I did not grow up in a house where classical music was listened to. I came to that music on my own. My first exposure was to more modern composers like Ravel, Bartok, and Stravinsky.

I then sort of worked myself backward in time. Along the way I discovered Chopin.

Chopin resonated with me because he primarily wrote for his instrument in solo settings (piano) and he was Polish (as am I).

One of Chopin’s etudes is also called “Winter Wind” and I took that concept and applied it to this short piece for solo guitar. 

Everyone acquaints December with the start of winter which, in Minnesota, can be long and brutal. 

By contrast this music is neither long or brutal.