Big Vague

for solo piano

In French, the word vague means “wave.” The title Big Vague uses both the French and English sense of “vague”.

When approaching writing another solo piano piece, I took a step back to consider the things I like and dislike about the piano as an instrument. What I like is the power and intensity of the instrument, and the way that it resonates when sustained chords are played. What I don’t always like is the harshness of its attack, particularly in the middle register. As a result, this piece attempts to use harsh attacks sparingly and focus on resonance.

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