à b (2016)

for solo piano

In memoriam Pierre Boulez
Duration: c. 20'00"

Première

First performance: Tuesday 23 February 2016; South Africa; Coila Enderstein pianoperformance details.

Programme note

For this memorial work for Pierre Boulez who died earlier this year, I appropriated seven chords from his Improvisation I sur Mallarmé,                and re-used them in various ways to simulate the sound of bells tolling. Boulez himself would probably not have countenanced this kind of music, and I was never interested to compose in the manner of Boulez, but his importance as a leading figure in the twentieth century can never be ignored.