On the impossibility of reflection
for piano and live electroacoustics

Scott Wilson
Composer
Scott Wilson
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:12:30
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, , Keyboard(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Computer
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Programme Note:
This piece embodies the idea of reflection (mostly imperfect) in a number of ways. In some senses it's a warped variation on the classic digital delay piece, using seemingly altered and somewhat dissonant echoes (really not echoes at all) in various rhythmic patterns. The computer involved also listens and responds at various points; a process whose imperfection the piece attempts to turn into a virtue. Harmonically, the piece makes loose (i.e. imperfect) use of the modes of limited transposition which Messiaen made famous. These are scales whose patterns of intervals repeat at less than an octave, meaning that there are only a few possible transpositions, and that 'navigating' within them by ear is an ambiguous process, rather like moving through a mirror maze. Finally the piece plays with the notion of musical memory, itself a sort of funhouse mirror if ever there was one.
I view every piece as a collaboration with performers in some sense, and I had the good fortune to work on the piece over a reasonably extended period of time with pianist Xenia Pestova, for whom the work was composed. I'd like to thank her for her advice, good humour, hospitality and constant patience during the process.

Premiere Information:
Ottawa
Mackay United Church
26 Feb 2011
Xenia Pestova

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9101 W753on
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, , Keyboard(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 2, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (29 p.) ;
    29 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:

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