by Bruce Stark
four hands piano, about 8 minutes 30 seconds
$19.99 (US) (two scores)
|Chika Nagisa and Ikuma Itoh perform Four|
at the Yamaha Remote Live Event in Tokyo, August 3, 2011.
Four is a set of variations based on two themes: one is quick and syncopated, the other broadly lyrical. The title refers to a predominant structural motif of the complete version: four hands, 4/4 time, and the lyrical theme is (mostly) in four phrases of four notes moving up (or down) a scale. Each variation uses both themes, providing contrast and imparting a sonata-like quality to some of the music. There is no definitive presentation of the material; each variation offers a version, like viewing the same object through four different lenses.
Four was commissioned in 2008 by Keys To The Future under the direction of Joseph Rubenstein, to whom I extend a special thanks for his encouragement.