In the Autumn of 2003 Peter Hill asked me to write a piece for the Electric Spring Festival in Huddersfield (UK). This was indeed a challenge. To write again for instrument and tape (not to mention for an internationally renowned pianist), and to find the time to complete something that was both fitting and worthy during a period when I was also working on two tape pieces was quite daunting.
My research was focused towards fusing piano and tape through pitch whilst keeping the pitch material quite flexible. Influences included Smalley’s Piano Nets and Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no 6, op 62, a work Scriabin never played in public because of its ‘devilishness.’
In some respects this piano piece has a similar ‘dark’ feel to it. The tape part should at times act as a ‘wash,’ the pianist quite clearly having the dominant role. At other times however, the tape acts as a ‘shroud’ through which the pianist forces his image. The piece builds to a climax around 4min through a series of long phrases of up to one minute. A reprise of the climax at 6min and a return to the opening harmony heralds the conclusion of the work.
Piano Piece (for Peter) was realized in January 2004 at the composer’s studio and premiered on March 27, 2004 by Peter Hill during the Electric Spring Festival in Huddersfield (UK). The piece was commissioned by Peter Hill.
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