It’s funny, for all the time I’ve spent hanging around composers and playing their music, I haven’t had many pieces written specifically for me, Timo, the Pianist. So earlier this year I asked a couple fellow Sleeping Giants, Jacob and Ted, to write me new solo pieces. I didn’t give them any direction or tell them to play to my specific strengths (such as they are)—and I got two wildly different pieces. Jacob’s Clifton Gates is a rather monolithic, slowly-building meditation on various live electronics techniques; Ted’s Parlour Diplomacy, on the other hand, contains a wild assortment of material over five movements and 20 minutes, and treats Classical Style in tones alternately reverent and satirical.
Last month Ted and I drove up to Ryan Streber’s Oktaven Audio in Yonkers to record Parlour Diplomacy on the wonderful Hamburg Steinway that lives there. It was an intense session followed by even more intense martinis next door. Here’s the first movement. I’m very pleased with how it turned out because it makes me sound like a much more virtuosic pianist than in reality I am.
Ted Hearne: Parlour Diplomacy I. Five
Timo Andres, piano; Ryan Streber, recording engineer
I highly recommend you click through to Ted’s Site and listen to the rest of the piece. Over here now.