Soundings at National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy

This performance is a part of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Registration for the main conference is required to attend.

Soundings refers to the most fundamental properties of musical instruments and the very act of bringing sound to life, and this new trio likewise grows from primal sounds to a celebration of sound itself, a joyous and universal expression that explores the depths contained in the most simple and familiar sounds. Seven short movements alternate between ensemble pieces and cadenzas for each of the trio members—virtuosic outbursts where all three musicians produce sound by ganging up on one instrument and banging out a racket that could never be achieved by two hands unassisted. A series of auxiliary devices are explored as the instruments are probed and sounded in a series of offbeat episode involving rubber balloons, tuning pegs, and ping-pong balls.

This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.