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Solo Observed

By Lukas Foss

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Vibraphone or marimba, harp or cello, organ or accordion, piano
Composed by Lukas Foss (1922-). Set of performance scores. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.MXE45).

Item Number: CF.MXE45

ISBN 825893682.

An accomplished pianist himself, Foss had not written for the piano over a span of 28 years before composing Solo in 1981. The composer says, "An initial 12-tone motive reigns. Yet this is not 12-tone music. The motive is like a theme that undergoes constant development. Nor is this minimal music, in spite of an insistent, repetitive element, because each repetition is also a change implying development, growth and forward movement." In 1982, Foss added a small ensemble of vibraphone (or marimba), harp (or cello), and organ (or accordion), which joins the piano well into the piece, creating a new version titled Solo Observed.

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