Deux Esquisses, by the Albanian-born British composer Thomas Simaku, is a six minute piece for solo Piano.
Deux Esquisses is dedicated to Simaku's friend Terry Holmes and was composed in 2013 to celebrate the occasion of Holmes' 80th birthday.
The piece begins with three notes taken from Holmes' name. Simaku describes these as the 'stepping stones of the musical landscape of the work' - 'sonic pillars holding together the architectural design of the piece as a whole'. The two esquisses retain their own individual characters, and in many ways contrast each other, yet are linked by a network of relationships.
The world premiere of Deux Esquisses was given on the 25th November 2013, by Joseph Houston at Wigmore Hall, London.