for piano solo

Heather Schmidt
Composition Date: 2003
Revision Date: 2004
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano ( Solo )
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Programme Note:
I wrote Sprint for Dan Galper (who was my fiancé at the time, and who is now my husband). Dan is particularly fond of fast, virtuostic works, so I wrote the piece as a concert étude for piano. The main connection specific to Dan, is that Dan and I both owned Sprint cell phones. Since I travel frequently, cell phones are a common form of communication for us. When the Sprint phons is first opened and turned on, it plays four notes: CCC-G. These same notes became the "sprint motive" for my piece. This motive is found at the very opening of the work, and serves as the basis for the musical material throughout the entire composition.
Although I rarely rearrange a composition for instruments different from my original version, this piece is one exception. In fact, my initial concept for this piece arose when I was asked to compose a work for brass band and orchestra as part of my composer residency with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. With these instrumental forces in mind, I had the idea of the brass band and orchestra being pitted against each other as if in a race. I simultaneously had the thought of composing a piano version of the same piece in which the two hands, rather than the two ensembles, are racing against one another. I first composed Sprint in the version for piano solo, and I premiered this version in Toronto at the Music Gallery on May 3, 2004. Although the work is clearly written as a virtuostic showpiece specifically for piano, at times, a simulation of the sound of brass instruments is present, especially in the chordal sections at the very beginning and very end. I composed a modified version of the piano piece and named it Sprint II for brass band and orchestra. The premiere of this work took place on November 8, 2003, and it was performed by the Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Reason.

Premiere Information:
May 3, 2003, Music Gallery, Toronto, Ontario ; Heather Schmidt, piano.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 S351spr 2003
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 6, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (25 p.) ; 28 cm.
    25 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For piano solo.

    Contains performance notes.

    Score reads: 'Misprints corrected January 25, 2004'.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.

    Additional People:
    Dan Galper
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