Dodecaphonic Etude No. 1 (2009)

This piece is one of my very rare forays into program music, a concept I normally don't find attractive. I've tried to create a very pure, very straightforward dodecaphonic piece. The row is all there is to hear, and it assumes a symbolic quality — appearing time after time in various ways, re-distributed across the keyboard, then evaporates. The final chord comprises the first notes of the row — an incomplete statement. The quote before the score comes from Virginia Woolf's The Waves, as paraphrased in Jean-Luc Godard's short film Dans le noir du temps.

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Almost all other program pieces I've made involve wind instruments: my brief version of The Seasons, and a few pieces for recorder.