Peter Dickson Lopez


  • Not only is he enormously talented and endlessly patient but also and above all contagiously enthusiastic when it comes to music.
  • Dr. Lopez is wonderfully friendly, witty, sincere and a caring human being. His personality is delightful. He is sensitive, flexible, respectful and admired by parents, students, and peers.
  • He developed a great rapport with the students and with the parents. The students showed excellent progress under his direction.
  • He is a very progressive, patient, and effective teacher that the kids enjoy.
  • [Peter] has been extremely patient with [our daughter]. She only has access to practice on a piano every other week and Peter has modified his teachings to accommodate her limitations.
  • My daughter has developed her skills both playing the piano and in terms of the theory side and thoroughly enjoys her lessons with Peter. He goes above and beyond.
  • Peter does not only have an extensive knowledge of music but he also knows how to integrate the theoretical aspect with the practical one.
  • [Peter] is enthusiastic and can pick out the needs of each child quickly. My husband was very impressed with how positive he is with the kids.
  • Mr. Lopez is ... a very accomplished pianist who knows how to translate talent into educating his students. He is also a very understanding and approachable person.
  • Peter really knows how to relate to children, recognize their individual strengths/weaknesses and motivate them in their piano study.
  • Peter is a GREAT TUTOR. He is very patient and knowledgeable.
  • He is a great mentor and really cares and thinks from my perspective.
  • Great Tutor for Finale Keyboard Interfacing and Recording ... (September, 2013)
  • Thank you for all your patience ...
  • We are truly fortunate to have met you ... You are the best!
  • Thank you for being such a supportive teacher ...


About The Ship Of Death

The Ship of Death is a work for Male Voice, Chamber Orchestra and Live Electronics.  The composition is based upon the poem of the same title by D. H. Lawrence.  There are ten parts of the work, each corresponding to the ten parts of the poem.  However, the music is composed such that the work reads as a continuous musical form and not as ten separate parts of a "song cycle." Additionally, the complete text of the poem is preserved and set in the music.  A Prologue and Epilogue were added as an external framework to the ten-part division of the poem.  The Prologue sets the stage in terms of the structural, formal, dramatic, and psychological concerns of the piece, while the Epilogue serves to sum up what as gone before.

The poem, itself a vision of the reality, challenge and promise of rebirth and resurrection, implies an ongoing, infinite process of voyage taken on "The Ship of Death."  I wanted to capture in the musical form the infinite number of possible voyages.  Therefore I incorporated the use of open-form in the Epilogue to provide this psycho-dramatic nonresolution while simultaneously summing up the materials and structure of the work.

The Ship of Death - Sample Audio Excerpts

The Ship of Death - Browse the score

Part 01: Title and Program Notes (score pages i - xii)

Part 02: Prologue (score pages 1-58)

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