"Catalyst" is defined as a person or thing that precipitates an event or change. For the composer, this piece represents a change in his compositional direction, which had been very pattern-driven and relied on consonant harmonies. With this piece, written while he was still a student at Missouri Western State University, he began using different ideas and exploring new territory. The piece requires a great deal of technique and hand speed and is a blast to play. It will make a great opener or closer to any recital.