Featuring songs by the renowned composer and master of the prepared Piano Volker Bertelmann, AKA Hauschka
, Solo Pieces
is a wonderful compilation of some of his most beautifully engrossing and hypnotic compositions, as well as some fantastic illustrations and writings.
A unique figure in the contemporary classical world, Hauschka's works defy categorisation while remaining uniquely effective. Known for his prepared Piano pieces, Hauschka writes that he considers the Piano a keyboard, string and percussion instrument, thereby opening its sonic possibilities to include diverse timbres, tones and textures. Some songs in Solo Pieces are for natural Piano, but others include instructions on how to prepare your own Piano, using everyday materials like foil, greaseproof paper, rubber wedges or erasers.
The spirit of Solo Pieces is experimentation, something that Hauschka has always embraced. You don't need to prepare your Piano, or you could use different materials to create a unique performance of the work. Some of the pieces like One Wish feature wonderfully metallic buzzing sounds that complement the changing dynamics of the piece, while others like Early In The Park have unique tinkling percussive effects, adding completely new facets to the already evocative melodies.
Far from being simply a collection of Hauschka sheet music, this book is a wonderfully inviting publication, featuring introductory words from Hauschka on his inspirations and processes, as well as notes on his favourite materials throughout. Also included are interesting pieces like short stories, letters and fantastic sketches that are fitting for a personality and artist like Hauschka. This book of Hauschka sheet music is ideal for fans of the inventive composer, but also pianists who looking for some new and unique music to play.
Solo Pieces by Hauschka is both a collection of excellent Piano pieces and an aesthetically pleasing publication that celebrates great music.