Piano. Commissioned by Benjamin Binder for the Schumann Carnaval Project.
Benjamin Binder’s Schumann Carnaval Project invited new, short piano works from diverse composers in response to the pieces in Schumann’s original, a celebration of Schumann’s 200th birthday. I chose the Pause, a part I’ve always found arresting—independently, and considering its placement and function within the whole collection.
The idea for my reworking is quite simple. First, I isolated the five-note hemiola figure in Schumann’s original. My piece simply cycles that portion over and over. However, in my version I start with the original pitch content and slowly evolve it—a kind of transformational drift that metamorphoses away from its starting point. Meanwhile, the piece begins with a distant rhythmic and metric comportment, but gradually evolves (devolves? revolves?) back to the original rhythm as found in Schumann. Devices like accelerandi, trills, and grace notes disappear by and by; eventually the piece finds its way to the 2/4 source meter; and finally triplets are removed from the rhythmic language.
In short, the pitch world crosses from known to alien, the rhythm world from alien to known.
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Regrettably I am not in possession of a recording of Coat Room. A link to the score, however, appears below.