Malý velký svet
Malý velký svet (Small big World) (30’) for pianist(s), electronics and video is written for Luciane Cardassi, Rosabel Choi and Katherine Dowling. I met each of these pianists at the Banff Centre during my residencies there, and was struck by their individual approaches and sound in performing contemporary repertoire. In my desire to write pieces for specific individuals, I enjoyed the challenge of writing a piece that features three individuals on the same instrument. They take turns being the soloist, and their solos emphasize their particular approach to the instrument. This piece is accompanied by home movies my father made. The piece revolves around childhood and games, as well as the playful ways children use and learn to play the piano. There are musical allusions to and quotations of Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen, Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata Opus 1, Béla Bartók’s For Children, Francis Dhomont’s Forêt Profonde, and Linda Catlin Smith’s Thought and Desire. I also quote all three pianists, whose improvisations I often used verbatim in parts of the piece. This piece is dedicated to my father, Franta.
Malý velký svet for piano & electronics 30’
1. TWINKLE & LOOP
4. NIGHT TIME
6. THE PANTHER
Please take a look at the MvS Hyperscore!
Listen to Luciane Cardassi, Rosabel Choi, Katherine Dowling and Ronelle Schaufele play Malý velký svet:
Watch the following parts on video!
Katherine Dowling performing FATE at the premiere on October 11: