Karlheinz Essl

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Trois cent notes

for piano solo
2019

version for vibraphone solo
2019


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In this piece which last around 4 minutes, the sustain pedal has to be depressed until the very end.

Although notated solely in quavers, the tempo emcompasses a wide range from very slow to extremly fast. Starting with a speed of MM = 50, it gradually accelerates to MM = 400 which equals three “time octaves”, speaking with Karlheinz Stockhausen (cf. his famous article ...how time passes... from 1957). A similiar transition also happens in the harmonic domain where the range of three octaves (from F to f”) finally collapses into a single pitch (f'):


Harmonic structure of Trois cent notes

Harmonic structure of Trois cent notes
© 2019 by Karlheinz Essl


And also in the dynamics, a permanent process of crescendo and diminuendo takes place. Needless to mention, all this processes happen simultaneously at the same time. Despite its strict structure, the piece should be played in a fluent rubato attitude with lots of espressivo. Pay attentention to the piano resonance while playing – they will guide you through this sound journey.


Listen

Computer simulation of Trois cent notes on a Steinway D piano
Recorded by Karlheinz Essl on 9 Jan 2019


Computer simulation of Trois cent notes on vibraphone
Recorded by Karlheinz Essl on 17 Jan 2019


Score

Here you can download the score for free. Besides the original piano piece there is also a version for vibraphone solo. Please note that this composition is protected by copyright.


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Trois cent notes (2019) for piano solo, page 1
© 2019 by Karlheinz Essl



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