Work in progress: The Longer Piano

Wednesday 31 July 2013

I always have a reason to dislike summer. The past month has been crammed with Work and Real Work and Work Work, but I’ve had two great evenings out at the Proms this year: a killer performance of Lachenmann’s Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied (played in the UK at last) and a reminder from Ex Cathedra of how Stockhausen never stopped being a great composer.

In between all this, I’ve been trying to finish off this unforgiveably large and unwieldy piece for piano. With luck it will be presentable sometime in August. It starts off pretty sparse…

… gradually gets more dense…

… then denser still, more quickly…

… until it reaches maximum density…

… whereupon it continues in the same vein for another eighteen hours.