Impromobile : piano for four hands
by Michael Hannan (2016)
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New Music for Multiple Keyboards : piano, toy piano, harpsichord, MIDI piano / works by Diana Blom, Michael Hannan, Andrián Pertout, Paul Smith and Felicity Martin.
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I coined the term "impromobile" to combine the idea of the
musical mobile (a series of musical fragments that can be played
in any order at the discretion of the performer) with the idea of
improvisation. In this work the performers are each presented
with ten short musical fragments and instructed to play at least
eight of them in any order and to extend them all by
improvisation. The performers also have the option of repeating a
maximum of two of the fragments presented in their parts. In
addition they are advised to analyse the
work (both primo and secondo parts) in order to assist with the process of improvisation and facilitate ensemble coherence.
Impromobile for piano duet is an extension of the idea of a few earlier works of mine. These were Three Improvisatory Mobiles for piano (1981) which was included in Jeff Pressing's anthology Compositions for Improvisers (La Trobe University Press, 1994) and Three Impromobiles for piano (2005) published by Wirripang in 2015. With the new piece, the idea of involving two improvising performers was inspired by my hearing that Tony Gould (piano) and Slava Grigoryan (guitar) had adapted my Three Improvisatory Mobiles for duo performance.
Instrumentation: Piano (four hands).
Duration: 4 min.
Performances of this work
8 Dec 2016: at Multiple Keyboards - new works for piano duet & 2-4 pianos/toy pianos (Theme and Variations (Willoughby)). Featuring Michael Hannan, Diana Blom.
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