Piano Music




Two pianos


Piano and Flute
Piano and voice


Music for Two Pianos
and Voice


Piano and violin

Elegy (violin and piano) (199)



Chamber music with
Piano and Choir

River of Stars (Amanogawa) (for piano and Choir) 1999





Air (2001)

Commissioned by Santa Susana School, Chatsworth, California, 2001.

Program notes and performance history:

From time to time I enjoy writing an ‘air’ in the Irish style.  Though no one would mistake this one for an “authentic” folk composition (as well might be the case with my earlier ‘Air’ for guitar (with or without flute), or the airs from ‘Da Chara’, it is clearly influenced by the modality and earnestness of many true Irish airs.  This one exists also in a version for flute, piano, and string quartet, as well as one suitable for singing with strummed acoustic guitar.  All three versions were written for various uses as the school song for the Santa Susana School in Chatsworth, California, where my two oldest children attended pre-school through first grade.  Though the school no longer exists, the music does!

 Published by Ian Krouse Music

 Piano solo version: $6.00


Toccata for Two Pianos (1982)

Written as a contest entry for the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Composer’s National Competition in 1982, in which it was initially awarded First Prize.  The rules being such that no individual was allowed to win more than once, the judges settled on Second Prize instead.

Premiered by Laura Bell and Vicky Ray, pianists, Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California, April 18, 1987.

Published by Ian Krouse Music. P.O. Box 117, 23705 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307

            Score                                 $12.00

Program notes and performance history: 

The Toccata for Two Pianos is ostensibly a transcription of my Trio for Three Guitars written in 1981.  Although I was completely satisfied with the guitar version, I felt that many of the ideas would work equally well for the instrument at which the piece was composed – the piano.  Furthermore, I knew that the piece would have an entirely different effect!  I have always derived secret satisfaction when folks who have heard first the piano version tell me that they cannot imagine the piece for guitars, and vice versa.  In either guise, the work is rather virtuosic, and though it sounds like a ‘fantasia,’ it is actually four movements in one, each linked by short interludes.  In 1982 it was awarded second prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Composer’s Competition.