No 34 Waves 1-4 (2007)

for ebow piano & sinewaves

Commissioned by: Sonsoles Alonso with financial support from the Netherlands Fund for the Performing Arts
First Performance of Wave 3: Sonsoles Alonso, May 4 2008, DCR Studio, Den Haag
First Performances of Waves 1 & 2: Saskia Lankhoorn, May 14 2010, Theater Kikker, Utrecht
Instrumentation: amplified piano & live electronics
Duration: ca. 30’-40’
Special Features: performance requires stopwatch monitor plus sine-patch. Piano part requires 5 Ebows

Score samples

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Info/Program note:
Four works for Ebow Piano & live electronics (sine-patches and samples, preferably performed live and interactively). Written in 2007 at the request of Sonsoles Alonso. The works all prescribe a simultaneous interaction between the keys of the piano and the placement of the Ebows with which the piano strings are excited - and in some cases demand a considerable degree of virtuosity from the pianist, having to co-ordinate, choose and listen all at the same time. Each piece focuses on a different form: a descending line in the first (against sines dropping 2, 3 and 4 octaves respectively), enharmonic overtone relationships in the second, an ascending spectrum in the third (against a combination of sampled piano strings and sine tones) and the building up of a harmonic chord in the fourth (with an interactive part for the sines). Each piece is notated in a form of free timing and is thus, within acceptable limits, variable in its length.