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 Geraldâ€™s Game, one of Stephen Kingâ€™s more horrific novels. The resulting piece is totally diatonic, doesnâ€™t even require two octaves, uses standard minimalist variation techniques, and in virtually every way plays nice.
I think itâ€™s actually a mean little thing.
There are two recordings available:
The harp version is recorded on Elizabeth Panzerâ€™s CD,Â Dancing in Place.
A toy piano version (played by two people) is the title cut onÂ twisted tutuâ€™s CD.
Play Nice is part of my ongoing project, A Book of Days. You can hear a recordingÂ by visiting December 5th.
Here is a score (.pdf) of the solo version.
Here is a score (.pdf) of the duo version.
The graphic is based on a drawing by Emma Grady Pawl.
And you are warmly invited to support this very low-key way of publishing:
Lament was originally written for a production of Terry O’Reilly’s play, Animal Magnetism, directed by Lee Breuer. The piece was originally played on an abandoned, very out-of-tune piano. If you have access to one of those, it would be great to use it.
It is possible for an actor to perform a text in conjunction with the music, as it was performed in the original production. If you find a new text that you wish to perform in counterpoint to a performance of this piece, please let me know what you have in mind.
Lament is part of my ongoing project, A Book of Days. Please visit March 30th to hear a new recording made for a 2018 tour of the production to China.
You can purchase the performing version for bass clarinet and piano via the paypal button below. If you would like a transposition that works for another instrument, just let me know your needs.
Normally, the price for the materials is $25, but in these pandemic days it’s pay-as-you-can. And thanks for supporting this low-key way of publishing!