Song for the Beach Carillon (II)
(Piano and Guitar version)
by Maya Verlaak
This piece is written for the Carillon in Scheveningen. The Carillon in
Scheveningen is very close to the beach and sits in a church on a nice
calm square. I focussed on writing the piece for those people sitting
each day on this square.
In my work, I use the characteristics and
limitations of instruments as compositional tools for generating
material and structures. Because of this working method, my pieces are
tied to particular performers and instruments. This necessitates
rewriting the piece when it is taken up by different performers,
forcing me to re-evaluate the connection between my musical concepts
and their means of execution. Asking Leo to play this piece on piano
took me to interesting re-evaluations.
In this piece, I'm performing on a very special guitar. The guitar has
light sensors connected under the frets, like this, depending on the
chord I'm playing, the live
electronics get triggered. The electronics are "listening" to the
piano, a microphone picks up the piano pitches and reacts with Carillon
harmonics, but those are again in time, only triggered by the guitar.
The piece was performed on 11 May 2015 in Korzo Theater, The Hague, (NL)
Piano: Leo Svirsky