Still Life with Piano

Frances White

About this work:
Still Life with Piano (1989) began with the composition of a short piece for piano. The tape part was made by computer-processing the sounds of this piece, while the solo piano part draws upon and extends these materials. I attempted to create a relationship between the two parts in which aspects of the same musical entity evolve in different dimensions. The computer acts as a kind of microscope, capable of vast distortions and expansions of time and spectrum, while the real piano persistently articulates these explorations and puts them in the perspective of its own personality. The tape part of Still Life with Piano was made at the Winham Laboratory at Princeton University
Year composed: 1989
Duration: 00:15:00
Ensemble type: Keyboard:Piano
Instrumentation: 1 Piano, 1 Prerecorded Sound (Tape/CD/Other)
Instrumentation notes: This piece includes an electronic part that is played back on CD.

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