Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Études Book VIII

Begun in February, 2006 and finished June, 2007 at Yaddo. Published and © by CF Peters, Edition 67928h.


#71 Chase (étude for piano with celesta) For Donald Berman and commissioned by the Argosy Foundation.  This is Amy Briggs, wearing a GoPro camera, playing it for a take in a recording session at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.




This is Don playing it.



#72 Dorian Blue (on two-hand flourishes) For Donald Berman and commissioned by the Argosy Foundation. This is Don playing.



And this is Amy Briggs reading through it (a provisional performance) at her place.



#73 Heavy Hitter (fortissimo) For Michael Kirkendoll. It takes off on some of the licks from the cadenza of my Piano Concerto, and it was Mike's idea!



#74 Not (talking pianist étude). For Adam Marks and using a text written by Rick Moody. This is Amy doing it during a recording session at the AAAL, and obviously having fun. Rick Moody was in the audience.



#75 Twilight (melodic thirds) and quoting the Zwielicht song from Schumann's Op. 39. It's a strange piece, and this is a demo recording Amy made before she recorded it in June 2014.




#76 Clave (on the clave rhythm) For Geoffrey Burleson.



#77 Ecco Eco (echo étude) For Corey Hamm. Here Amy plays it at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



#78 Upon Reflection (slow mirror étude) to Michael Kirkendoll. The two hands exactly mirror each other. This is a demo that Amy made before she recorded the piece in June 2014.




#79 Narcissitude (fast mirror étude) to Michael Kirkendoll. For most of the piece, the left hand is the exact mirror inversion of the right hand, and one sixteenth note later. Here's Amy at the AAAL again.



This is Kathy Lee playing it at a dress rehearsal at Indiana University. For this one, I filmed the inside rather than the Kathy.




This is Kathy's performance that night.



#80 Fireworks (arpeggio étude) and blatantly stealing from Debussy's prelude feux d'artifice.



Here's Karl's SoundCloud from a 2012 performance at Bowling Green State.