Pentimenti for piano duo (2011)

pentimenti sample score pages

The title Pentimenti is drawn from the visual arts. Pentimenti refers to the alteration of a painting’s composition mid-way through the process of completing the work. In the case of a figurative painting the artist may change the height of a person or the direction in which a hand points. I aimed to express this concept musically by creating an impression of multiple layers of texture and by suggesting the ideas of ‘traces’ or shadows of pre-existing material. The low, very soft agitated texture exposed at the start of the piece is for me analogous with the process of priming a canvas in preparation for adding successive layers of foreground interest and subject matter.

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