Dust For Solo Upright Piano 3’30’’
Program Notes Dust is a reflection. It is the remnants of what has come before and the shards of what might come in the future. It is refracted and at times incoherent, but always true. The piece employs multiple extended techniques—including harmonics and plucked strings among other devices—in attempt to explore the timbres and sounds that can be created with the piano. The musical material is, in large part, derived from a single pitch: C#. A muted C# serves as an anchor throughout the piece, and all of the melodic material centers around the same pitch. The principal conflict comes in obscuring and focusing on this pitch and its relative significance.
Performance Notes This piece should be performed on an upright piano with a practice pedal available. Due to the variances in piano design, the string nodes indicated in the piece may be impossible to reach; under such circumstances, it is left to the performer to determine which nodes should be used to keep in the spirit of the piece. The score should be interpreted as loosely spatial: vertical alignments are often not strict— especially during parts where an ostinato is employed. Boxes indicate that notation within them are to be executed inside the piano. “x” note heads indicate to strike some surface of the piano itself—it is up to the performer’s discretion what those surfaces will be, though surfaces should be selected that will facilitate the indicated dynamic; if the same pitch is specified later in the piece, the same surface should be used both time. Dotted lines following an instruction indicate that the instruction should be continued until a closing line.
The notated string should be dampened close to the nut with the flesh of the other hand. The fingernail should be used to execute whatever is notated.
Stands for Practice Pedal
Published on Mar 11, 2018