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Two Studies for an Algorithm
for solo piano

Work no. 189


    The fifth installment in a series of short pieces exploring a simple idea which could, conceivably, be turned into a part of an algorithmic music software. In this case left hand and right hand parts are heard together, then each gets a section with a different counterpoint in the other hand, and the final section combines the counterpoints, leaving out the original parts. The harmony is based on major and minor seconds, which I think lends these pieces a very powerful mood. That's why I kept the pieces, too – didn't meant to, because they were originally just sketches of a limited-use technique.

    The procedure developed here was later used – with many alterations, and a very different mood – in Honfleur multicolore from my piano series Honfleur Colors.

    Two Studies for an Algorithm – PDF score

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