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 ...

Compositions  >  Piano  >  Adagios

About the Adagios

I composed my First Adagio for Piano in 1973. Originally it was included as the middle movement of a three movement sonata, but I felt that the Adagio was strong enough to stand alone, and so I extracted this movement as a piece in its own right. In fact, this is the only movement of the sonata that was completed at that time, and I performed the Adagio No. 1 in numerous piano solo concerts from 1973. I ultimately submitted the Adagio No. 1 as my Master’s Thesis. I suspect it was in part due to the emotional maturity and contrapuntal sophistication of the piece that I was subsequently invited to continue on in the doctoral program at the University of California at Berkeley. In the years following, I planned to write a series of these adagios for piano, and this is why I later titled this work Adagio No. 1. In fact, I jotted down sketches for several other piano adagios but never developed or completed any of these during my early years. Many years later I returned to this early piece (Version 1a) to recompose the work for symphony orchestra. The orchestra version (Version 1b) is not merely a “transcription” of the early piece but a true re-rendering of the original concept for a fuller realization of the timbral and contrapuntal implications of the first version. Not satisfied with this, I decided that I would go on to compose a third version (Version 1c) of the work for orchestra and piano solo!
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