‘Planetarium’ for piano- right hand (2005)

In Program Notes on September 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

A specific piano piece for right hand–
Having read ‘works for solo piano only (for one or two hands)’ in the rule of the 1st International Composers Competition for Piano Works “Bell’Arte Europa” 2005, I tried to alter a composition for piano which I was composing in those days, to use one hand.

Many piano pieces for one hand have been composed all over the world, however, I wondered why all I knew were ones for the left hand.
The most important difference between right and left hand is the direction of thumb, which is easy to produce louder tone but difficult to move quickly, delicately.

For the reason left hand would be suitable to realize florid style of classical music, that consists of dominated slowly moving melody line accompanied with trembling arpeggio below, as the thumb on left hand is right side of the hand; upper side on the keyboard.

On the other hand, most contemporary music doesn’t have a prominent melody but usually clusters of harmonic overtone based on a fundamental louder tone.
That made me choose right hand to perform one-hand piano work, where the thumb is on the left; lower side on the keyboard.

This piece won the 1ª Mención de Honor from the 1st International Composers Competition for Piano Works “Bell’Arte Europa” 2005 on the 9th June 2005 at Club Diario Levante, Calle Traginers, Valencia, Spain.
Afterwords, it premiered in Japan by Satoru Ikeda in a concert called “The Evening of Contemporary Piano Works” on the 5th July 2005 at Tower Hall Funabori (Big Hall), Tokyo.
Duration: 10 min.
The excerpt from the performance [5:37] mp3 Just a moment
music.png Music of e-book with complete audio file


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