Piano Mechanics

1st Performance: Music Gallery, Toronto, 1981

A work for solo piano in 9 movements. In this piece, the acoustical properties of the piano are explored. The piano is not treated as a traditional concert instrument, but rather as a machine for the synthesis of sound. An extreme, un-pianistic keyboard technique is used to excavate acoustical sounds that are not normally associated with the piano.

This piece was awarded First Prize at the 1984 CBC Young Composers Competition.

©Gordon Monahan 1981-84

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