Monsoon : grand piano, pingpong balls and two performers
by Karlin Greenstreet Love (1990)
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Library shelf no. 785.6212/LOV 1 [Available for loan]
Monsoon depicts a rainstorm: waiting in anticipation, the deluge, and the frenzy of life that follows. It features alternative piano techniques such as bouncing ping pong balls on the strings and playing them with a guitar plectrum and with soft mallets. It provides both a timbral and visual feast as the players interact and move around the piano.
Instrumentation: Grand piano (with sostenuto pedal), 50 or more ping pong balls, soft mallets, guitar plectrum.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Requires rhythmic independence with odd meters, and ability to respond improvisationally. Unconventional piano techniques. The 2nd player uses plectrum and mallets inside the piano and does not need to be a proficient pianist.
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Some material is derived from Indian ragas.
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