Riff madness III : for two toy grand pianos
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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Riff Madness III is a further exploration of the notion
of the riff following on from my earlier Riff Madness
for jazz pianist (1981) and Riff Madness II for two
keyboard synthesisers (1988). A riff is a distinctive short
melodic/rhythmic pattern that is repeated to create the
foundation for a groove in African-American styles of music such
as blues and funk.
Riff Madness III is written for two three-octave (37 keys) toy pianos.
The work is in three short movements. The first uses a four-bar blues-rock riff in one part as the basis of a set of riff-like melodic variations in the second part. The movement is centred on F but also employs the riff transposed to A flat and B flat.
The second movement explores riff and ostinato constructions that vacillate between using the whole-tone scale, the chromatic scale and the diminished scale.
The last movement takes the notion of a riff texture into a pentatonic world, using the Asian-sounding scale (D, E, F, A, B flat) exclusively throughout.
Instrumentation: 2 toy grand pianos.
Duration: 7 min.
First performance: by Michael Hannan, Antonietta Loffredo at Multiple Keyboards - new works for piano duet & 2-4 pianos/toy pianos (Theme and Variations (Willoughby)) on 8 Dec 2016
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, Antonietta Loffredo.
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