Two Studies for Prepared Piano (1983)

1. Gang o'Notes
2. Handful of Keys

Bardic Edition
Facsimile Score BDE 548
Available from
Goodmusic Publishing
Duration: c. 5 minutes

Recording: SABC, Johannesburg.

First performance: 7 July 1983; First SABC Contemporary Music Festival, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg; Shirley Hoffmann prepared piano.

Programme note
Two Studies for Prepared Piano pays homage to a great jazz piano master of the twentieth century. Art Tatum, whose piano improvisation fits into a keyboard tradition that spans the 17th through 20th centuries, regularly transcended the medium of his instrument, so the prepared piano is perhaps a fitting medium for these studies. Shirley Hoffmann asked me for this piece in 1982 and after a long collaborative correspondence and meetings in Johannesburg and London, she played it for the first time on 7 July 1983 at the First SABC Contemporary Music Festival in Johannesburg.

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