Two Studies for Prepared Piano: 1. Gang o' notes (1983)

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Facsimile Score BD 0548

Duration: 4 minutes


Recording: SABC, Johannesburg.


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

Programme note

The first of Two Studies for Prepared Piano, Gang ’o Notes 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 thru 20th centuries, regularly transcended the medium of his instrument, so the prepared piano is perhaps a fitting medium for this study. I have divided the instrument into registers that are ‘prepared’ and those that are completely ‘unprepared’. Gang ’o Notes was requested by Shirley Hoffmann to whom it is dedicated. She gave the first performance on 7 July 1983 at the First SABC Contemporary Music Festival in Johannesburg.


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