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Changes for twenty nifty fingers

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By John Pitts

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Piano Duet - Digital Download
Composed by John Pitts (1976-). 20th Century, Minimalism. Score. 13 pages. Published by Intensely Pleasant Music (S0.307313).

Item Number: S0.307313

"Changes for twenty nifty fingers" (1995)duet 3 minutes

This is the ‘simplest’piece of the collection, and the oldest. I wrote it during my undergraduate years at Bristol University inresponse to a task set by my then composition tutor Wyndham Thomas.  The given title "Changes" refers to the inspiration of the peeling ofchurch bells – ringing the changes - where there is a simple ostinato patternthat undergoes a gradual metamorphosis.  Thispiece starts with the skeleton of this short repeated phrase (in 14/8) whichgradually fills out, and then moves through two enormously tricky sections ofphasing - in which the two pianists have overlapping bars of different lengths(14 and 15 quavers).  The duet finallybuilds to a dramatic climax in the third minute.

So, this is ashort minimalist piece, ultimately with its technical roots in Americanminimalism, although the material was more immediately inspired by the pianostyle of my older brothers, in particular my eldest brother Antony’s piano solopiece Dance of the Redeemed Creation- the style of which can be traced in many of my piano compositions. 

 Changes has been widely performed by the Kiev Piano Duo(Dmytro Tavanets and Oleksandra Zaytseva), and a recording (performed by Steven Kings andJohn Pitts) is available on CD “7 Airs & Fantasias and other piano music”from - or as a download from Hyperion/1equalmusic:

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