"I jumped in with both feet and within a few weeks, after some false starts, came up with Sonata 1963. The program was set! All I had to do now was find a pianist who would be willing to devote a fair bit of time learning Hertl's difficult piano part and an equal amount learning mine. I also had to get myself on a strict practicing schedule, something not so easy since I was working six nights a week from 10:00PM to 4:00AM. Little did I know that even though we had the program set there were some unseen obstacles looming in the road ahead that would soon have to be circumvented." Just part of the tale of the creation of Frank Proto's "Sonata 1963", one of his four compositions on this disc.