When Elizabeth Panzer asked me for a harp piece, I came up with an idea for a big piece based on a poem by Linda Norton (the poet of Landscaping for Privacy) about knitting and the Aran Islands. As the deadline neared, I realized I will need more time to write it, so instead I decided to work with a sweet redemptive pattern I had written as an underscore for an audiobook production of Gerald’s Game, one of Stephen King’s more horrific novels. The resulting piece is totally diatonic, doesn’t even require two octaves, uses standard minimalist variation techniques, and in virtually every way plays nice.
I think it’s actually a mean little thing.
There are two recordings available:
The harp version is recorded on Elizabeth Panzer’s CD, Dancing in Place.
A toy piano version (played by two people) is the title cut on twisted tutu’s CD.
Play Nice is part of my ongoing project, A Book of Days. You can hear a recording by visiting December 5th.
For performing materials, please click the button below. And thanks for supporting this very low-key way of publishing:
- Instrumentation: harp toy piano
- Ensemble Size: solo 2-6
- Duration: 5-12 minutes
- Electronics: No Electronics
- Video: No
- Project(s): A Book of Days
- Year: 1997