Keys To The Machine

When presented with the opportunity to write a solo piano work for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, I immediately knew I wanted to write something intense and energetic, like a flashy “encore.” The bulk of this “raucous” piece—arpeggiated figures in the bass, jagged rhythms and crunchy chords—is contrasted by a much calmer and introspective middle section, whose harmonies have a cooler “jazz” quality.

The title is a tongue-in-cheek play on words. Car keys and the internal combustion engine seem like a fitting comparison to the mechanistic beast known so ironically as the “piano,” whose 88 keys offer a myriad of choices in getting the machine “fired up.”


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DATE

2007

DURATION

3 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION

Piano

PREMIERE

July 7, 2007
Beall Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Lisa Moore (org.)

AWARDS

Winner, 2007 Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium Piano Competition
Finalist, 2011 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Competition

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