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Colliding Cycles [piano 8 hands]

By Juan María Solare

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Piano Duet, Piano 8 hands - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Juan María Solare. Contemporary Classical, Post-Modern, Minimalism, Repertoire, Activities and Games. Score, Set of Parts. 18 pages. Published by Juan Maria Solare (S0.407285).

Item Number: S0.407285

Colliding Cycles

- for onepiano eight hands - (performance) (rehearsals - in Spanish)

Unfailingly everybody whom I told about the gestation of this work askedme: "Are they four pianists in one or in two pianos?" Ianswer:


In one piano.

It's cheaper.

And allows the approach amongpianists.


The title encloses an allusion to an apocryphal song by The Beatles, CollidingCircles, that as of the date (May 2009) is uncertain whether it exists ornot, although it seems to be a hoax by Martin Lewis.


In my piece there are actually cycles of events in different tempithat collide between each other. The tempi are in proportion 3:2 (same ratioas the perfect fifth), id est, quaver (eighth) = 44, 66, 99 and 149. With this,the mentioned "approach among pianists" is relativized.


The other trackable influence, texturally speaking, is StrummingMusic by Charlemagne Palestine, but without the puppets. To say"trackable" is, of course, another irony: trackable by whom?


There are more erudite references: the harmonic base of the piece is atwelve-tone and eleven-interval "hyperchord" that presents invertedsymmetry. The idea itself of using such a chord surges from Elliott Carter (forinstance in his Night Fantasies). This particular chord stems from apanintervalic row, the one used by Alban Berg in his Lyrische Suite.Berg also didn't invent this row, but on of his disciples, Fritz Heinrich Klein(who also carried the letters from Hanna Fuchs to Alban). It's a chord with invertedsymmetry: in the extremes are complementary intervals (the major seventh F-E ismirrored in the minor second A#-B e così via).


Colliding Cycles was composed in Bremen(and on the airplane to London) on May 14th, 2009. Its duration oscillatesbetween 5 and 7 minutes. The work is dedicated to Leopoldo Siano, inFreundschaft.


About theperformance


- Each performer must have oneluminous metronome (without sound).

- Primo is the performer that plays higher, Quarto, thelowest.

- The layout of the hands isintersecting, such as the first drawing illustrates.

- L is Left, R is Right. (*)

- The score is a list of sequentialdirections, not simultaneous.

- Dynamics: between pianissimo and mezzopiano.

- Use much pedal. How much is"much"? For instance: all the time.


(*) Effectively, a further allusion to the apocryphal songs ofLewis/Beatles, in this case to Left is right (and right is wrong).

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