I’ve posted a new piece called Play Like a Girl,Â a set of eight keyboard variations on the Bulgarian Women’s Chorus standard,Â Kaval Sviri. Some work well on grand piano, others on toy piano or celeste or harpsichord or other “girly” instruments, as you like. The variations can be played simultaneously or successively in any combination for a total of eight factorial versions of the piece. I amÂ posting twelve different versions of the pieceÂ inÂ A Book of Days, on the 13th of each month. You can listen to those to get a sense of the possibilities.
Play like the girl you are (or sometimes wish you were!)
Cave was commissioned by the St. Louis ensemble Synchronia for a program investigating the theme of America in Y2K. The text is by Eileen Myles. It is the third piece in the last year I have been asked to write on this subject*, and Iâ€™m noticing that I know less about the meaning of the millennium, or the future in general, the more Iâ€™m asked to write pieces about it. I have, however, had several excellent conversations about souls with Ansel Elgort, who is six, while Iâ€™ve been writing this piece, so I dedicate it to him with love and thanks for his friendship.
Cave is part of my ongoing project A Book of Days. Please visitÂ July 3rdÂ to hear a recording.
The piece was originally made for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard (or piano and vibes), spoken voice, and electronics. There is also an optional video by Clifton Taylor.
Here is a score of the piece, and here’s a set of parts. I’m open to you adapting it for your ensemble; let me know what you have in mind. If you wish to use the original DX7 patch, download this zip file of the patch in various formats that may be useful for re-creating the patch.
I will send you the pre-recorded track when you order the piece by clicking the paypal button below.