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Three Études

2014 / For solo piano

These are studies not of particular pianistic challenges, but rather studies of certain forms of musical motion. The playful “rondo which devours itself” consists of a recurring fragmentary line in the right hand which is constantly menaced by opposing forces in the music, little electric jolts which force the line to grow shorter and shorter over the piece’s brief lifespan until the whole complex self-combusts. The second étude, “currents,” is a study in a hovering kind of perpetual motion. And the third, “a sounding,” is a melancholy sounding of the depths of the piano’s rich capacity for resonance.

These are studies not of particular technical challenges of piano playing, but rather in forms of musical motion and pianistic sonic possibilities. The playful “rondo which devours itself” consists of a recurring fragmentary line in the right hand that is constantly menaced by opposing forces in the music, little electric jolts that force the line to grow shorter and shorter over the piece’s brief lifespan, until the whole complex self-combusts. The second etude, “currents,” is a study in a strange, hovering form of perpetual motion. And the third, “a sounding,” is a melancholy sounding of the depths of the piano’s rich capacity for resonance.

1. rondo which devours itself
2. currents
3. a sounding

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Details

For solo piano
Category:Chamber Music
Year Composed:2014
Duration:9 minutes
Orchestration:pf
Publisher:Associated Music Publishers Inc
Past Performances

14 DEC 2014
Three Études – World Premiere
Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, PA
George Fu, piano
23 JUN 2015
Three Études
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Rockport, MA
12 NOV 2016
Three Études
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY
Taka Kigawa, piano
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