Shy and Mighty
for two pianos(2007)
2. The night jaunt
4. Trip by train
5. Die Spieluhr
6. Out of shape
7. La Malinconia
8. How can I live in your world of ideas?
9. Flirtation Ave.
10. Pavane (pour un compositeur défunt)
|Premiere||May 9, 2007; Beinecke Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT; Alex Rabin, David Kaplan, and Timo Andres, pianos|
|Technical requirements||Two scores are required for performance.|
A simple tripartite piece which sounds like a robotic toccata.
The night jaunt
A long nocturnal walk, solitary or perhaps with a friend.
An interstitial movement which leads nowhere.
Trip by train
A virtuosic conversation between pianos, which eventually becomes contemplative and lyrical, finally falling asleep.
A music box which plays disjunct Mahler and Brahms.
Out of shape
Chews on I and V chords for a good long time.
A verse/chorus structure, with long melodic lines built from repeated-note figures.
How can I live in your world of ideas?
Takes its name from the caption of a cartoon I drew, 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 theme and variations, but is then gradually overtaken by extraneous material from somewhere else entirely.
An extended process of “coming together”, followed by a rowdy coda.
Pavane (pour un compositeur défunt)
An homage to gospel music and the late composer D. M., or perhaps neither.