SYNTHECISMS NO. 4

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

1994

Scoring: 

2/pic-1-2-1; 3-2-2-1; piano (4-hand); perc; timp; str; tape

Instrumentation : 

Piano 4-hands, orchestra, and tape

Duration (min): 

16

Recording: 

Capstone CPS 8639

First Performance: 

Aarhus Symphony, Denmark

Premiered by the Aarhus Symphony and the British pianists Philip Mead and Stephen Gutman. Much of the source material for the tape part was recorded on a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand, and subsequently digitally edited and collaged into the pre-recorded material. The sequence of pitches, E-flat, B-flat, A, E, appears in the tape part at the beginning, and serves as the basis of organization for the entire work. The tape part was realized during a residency at the Danish Institute of Elecroacoustic Music (DEIM) in May 1993. The solo piano parts were written in a concerto-like virtuosic style. The recording (Capstone, SCI), was made in cooperation with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

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