Jason Eckardt (1971)

Cuts (1996)

for solo piano

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1996
    • Duration: 4 mn
    • Publisher: Majolika
    • Dedication: Milton Babbitt pour son 80e anniversaire
Detailed formation
  • 1 piano

Premiere information

Program note

    <p><em>Cuts</em> is a compositional étude of singular focus. Throughout this work, harmonic, rhythmic, and textural characteristics remain invariant, while the music's registral, dynamic, and timbral aspects witness continual mutation. The first minute of <em>Cuts</em> presents basic materials, and the remaining music is realized through their temporal, directional, and parametrical redistribution. <em>Cuts</em> is also an étude for the performer, as a certain virtuosity is required to bring the changing details of the musical surface into relief.</p><p>This work was written for Stefan Litwin and is dedicated to Milton Babbitt on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. I am grateful to the MacDowell Colony for granting me the opportunity to compose this work during a residency there in June, 1996.</p><p><em>Jason Eckardt</em><br /></p><p></p>