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The fundamental idea behind Two Pianos is that of creating a ‘mega instrument’: two pianos sounding as one composite instrument. The relationship between the two pianos and two players is on the one hand about fusion and cohesion, and on the other about moving and shaping the other part, sometimes through interjection as a form of subtle interplay between the two. The piece contains delicate sonorities, harmonies, and special techniques that are never employed gratuitously and form a natural part of the musical vocabulary of the work.
On a micro level, I was concerned with constructing a kind of focussed simplicity of sound, the essence of which was precise and clear, and used very little material. Then, on a macro level, the repetition (or re-presenting) of the gestures each time slightly differently fabricates a more ambiguous sense of musical direction.