Semi-Simple Rondo (2020)
One piano, four hands
02 December 2020
HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff)
Given the opportunity to write a one-minute work for two pianists, I realized it was my chance to do something fun. Choosing a tiny rondo form, I created the blandest A section I could think of: four measures of I-V-I. In contrast, I made the B and C sections as complex as I could, with clashing rhythms and strong dissonance. I took things further in the C section and quoted several of my favorite twentieth century works and composers, identified by their initials. The final statement of the A section builds and builds, and the work concludes with a twelve-note chord. The title of the work is a reference to one of the quoted composers.