Players: (1) piano
About “Piano Haze”
Scene I. Opening
The construction of “Piano Haze Scene I” is based on the expansion and contraction of a set of notes over the course of many repeated patterns. This piano score is written in numeric notation rather than standard musical notation.
The numeric notion functions as follows:
• Each hand is assigned a collection of notes.
• The right-hand collection is: B, Db, E, F#, G#.
• The left-hand collection is: B, D, E, Ab, Gb.
• Below is the first line of music.
| 4,1 | 3,2 | 2,3 | 1,4 | B <- top row
| 2,3 | 2,3 | 2,3 | 2,3 | <- bottom row
• The bottom number indicates which pitches in the right-hand collection are to be played. The relationship between the numbers and the pitches in the right-hand collection is as follows:
2 = B, Db,
3 = B, Db, E,
4 = B, Db, E, F#,
5 = B, Db, E, F#, G#.
• The top number indicates the number of repetitions of each series of pitches (indicated by the bottom number). During each repetition, each series of pitches is to be played in an ascending-descending pattern without playing the same pitch more than once in a row. Each note in the right hand should be played as a 16th note at 100bmp.
• The note names written to the side of each grid (in the example it is ‘B’) indicate the notes played by the left hand. These notes are to be played in octaves at the beginning and middle of each line (i.e. for this particular line, the left hand would play octave B’s at the beginning of the |4,1|/||2,3| measure and would play again at the |2,3|/||2,3| measure). All bass notes should be sustained. The sustain pedal should only be lifted whenever the bass (left hand) changes pitch.
Scene III. At The Dock
Scene IV. River Of Lights
Following the minimalist theme, “Scene IV: River Of Lights” was inspired by the music of Philip Glass. Most of “Scene IV” consists of arpeggiated triads played in contrary motion. Towards the end of the piece, a melodic line is introduced that is a variation on the melody of one of Clark Hubbard’s earliest works for marimba “Breathe.”
(“Breathe” will be making its formal release as a part of the upcoming set of short marimba solos “Scenes of a Land.”)