Based on Debussy’s Jeux

8 minutes, 2015

Premiere: January 27, 2016, by Marilyn Nonken, Philadelphia

Score available from PSNY

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“la touche sonore sous l’eau” is based on my extended study of Debussy’s Jeux, or to be more precise, a harmonic/melodic reduction and re-understanding of his compositional lightness. I don’t actually quote Jeux anywhere in the piece, but it has inspired a new way to write for the piano , combining piano resonant harmonies and voicings with a sensitivity to dynamics and layerings that lead to the title ‘la touche sonore.’ I first explored this approach in “Sub-merge” for piano and winds. 

la touche sonore sous l’eau - solo

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