Veil

for solo piano
duration: 8′

Program Notes
Veil is obsessed with translucence, restraint, and subtlety. A simple G-sharp anchor, consisting of two (and sometimes four) sixteenth notes followed by a varying number of eighth notes, flows perpetually through the entire piece. Two opposing rhythmic cells made up of notes dampened inside the piano lightly “fill in” the empty space between these eighth notes. Though these cells are rhythmically and harmonically disparate, common tones unite them as they fluctuate back and forth over the main G-sharp anchor. In addition, subtle embellishments and harmonic changes constantly adjust how this unchanging anchor is metrically perceived. As the piece progresses, the dampened notes are finally lifted and the entire piano is essentially “unveiled.”
 
Veil was commissioned by Julia Sheriff for the PROJECTionPLAY Tour

 


 
Performance History

Premiere: April 6, 2013. San Francisco Community Music Center
Julia Sheriff, piano
 
April 7, 2013. Ruth Asawa School for the Arts San Francisco, CA
Julia Sheriff, piano
 
April 9, 2013. FAWN-New Music Collective; Toronto, Canada
Julia Sheriff, piano
 
April 13, 2013. Temple University Concert Series; Philadelphia, PA
Julia Sheriff, piano.
 
April 14, 2013. Cunningham Piano Co.; Philadelphia, PA
Julia Sheriff, piano.
 
April 19, 2013. Sudler Recital Hall; Yale University
Julia Sheriff, piano.
 
October 22, 2013. Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ
Lisa Moore, piano.