Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Amy and Davy goes meta

The Toys That Bind

Amy got a Schoenhut toy piano at the end of August, and one of the first things she did with it is sightread the opening of my 88th étude, Toyed Together. It looks a rocking good time.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Interesting ways to generate site traffic

About three dozen hits came to this site from a rather explicit online dating site, probably because one of the posts is called The Hard Lick.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This is one of those non sequiturs

I recall listening to this tune a lot when writing the concerto.

Monitor view

Some of that beginning music as it first appeared on the monitor they gave me to use at the Camargo Foundation.

At night.

Actually, I used it all day long. I just took pictures at night. For a higher spoooooky quotient.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


The beginning

After Amy sent me The Hard Lick movie in July, as a text (I was on a commuter rail train at the time), I texted back, "yeah, but what about the first six pages?" That's really hard, and relentless.

Minutes later, this one came back in a text. Which, later, I edited all the page turns out of. So this is what the piano does in the concerto for the first three and change minutes before it gets a break. The next thing it does after a half minute break is pluck a note. So there.

Yes, the orchestra plays and interjects during this music. Imagine it.

And here is the sketch of the opening several bars.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The hard lick

Apparently this is one of the hardest licks in the piano concerto, and Amy texted me this little movie in July. It was the first time I'd heard any of the piece on an actual piano. Uh, on playback on an iPhone.

This would be the sketch for that passage.