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pianistAs a composer Mr. Pierson writes both vocal and instrumental works, both for piano or small chamber ensembles. He employs a lush melodic harmonic tonality. His signature work to date may be the Larkspur Suite for Piano in six movements. The Colorado theme of this "tone poem" manifests itself in the expressive melodies intimating the natural landscape, ancient volcanic buttes, and furry jackrabbits native to the high piedmont between Denver and Colorado Springs. Portions of the Larkspur Suite have been used in the soundtrack for the PBS aired documentary "Summer Sojourn", a history of the Palmer Lake Chautauqua. Skillfully interpreted on different occasions by Colorado pianists Grace Christus and Dale Backus, the Larkspur Suite can be heard on CD.

Other works in the "impressionist / expressionist" genre include Seaside Reverie, a piano and flute duet, the beautiful Trilogy for Cello, Harp, and Soprano, his Adagio ~ Memories of Spring duet for cello and harp, and the Arapaho Quartet scored for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. His liturgical choral works are also quite extensive.

Pierson's most recent work has been the compilation of a series of 14 swing and jazz style vignettes into the Mood Album. The collection includes both piano solo and vocal pieces such as "Fast Forward", "Pink Lady, "Hard Times", "Lazy Highway", "Panama Reef", "Rainy Days", "Why Ain't You Blue?", "Who Could Ask for More", and others. Mood Album was conceived as a tribute to the classic American music that originated on Broadway and in "Big Band" era jazz clubs. Many of those earlier works by composers like Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, and Hoagy Carmichael still rank as some of the finest, most inventive music ever produced. Pierson's modest ambition is not to match such great masters but perhaps to supplement the repertoire in some small way.

Pierson's compositions are featured in the following video clips from Palmer Divide Productions

"A Compelling Curiosity - A history of the Israelite House of David"  (Pierson's music 2:37 to 3:30)

"Summer Sojourn" a history of Glen Park and the 1st Rocky Mountain Chautauqua(Pierson's music 0:44-3:05, 4:37-6:04)