How Can I Live in Your World of Ideas?
version for solo piano(2007)
|Premiere||May 24, 2007; Steinway Hall, New York, NY; Timothy Andres, piano|
How can I live in your world of ideas? takes its unwieldy name from the caption of a cartoon I drew in college, which depicts a young penguin and his parents in a museum, looking at a painting of a naked woman. This piece starts out as a passacaglia or theme and variations, but is then gradually overtaken by extraneous material from somewhere else entirely.
Originally written for two pianos as part of Shy and Mighty. I transcribed it for a solo pianist (myself) because I needed something to play at short notice; in its solo version, however, the pianist must work much more strenuously to denote the mercurial transitions (“needle-drops”) which characterize the piece.