Nico Muhly: Three Études

Books | Piano

Publisher: St Rose
Composer: Nico Muhly
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

Three Études for Piano by Nico Muhly.

“In preparation for writing a large (uncompleted) work for piano, I decided to write three short pieces to get certain musical tics out of my system. Each of these three études addresses a specific rhythmic and harmonic gesture: the first, Ostinati, focuses on a gently lilting left hand contrasted with angular outbursts in the right hand, usually in octaves. The second étude, “Quiet Music,” concerns itself with drones and chant-like music, and the third, “Running,” explores slowly shifting harmonies pitted against very fast cross-hand playing.” – Nico Muhly, 2003

These three études were written from January to March 2003 and were composed partially for performance in the VisionIntoArt/RockHotelPianoFest in New York City. Étude #3 (“Running”) was premiered by Eric Huebner and is dedicated to him.

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 12 March 2007
No of pages: 12
Language: English
Catalogue No: SRO100015

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        Murray Bridge GB Composer/pianist
        Even in his early compositions, it's apparent that Nico is interested in drawing on all manner of musical knowledge to produce satisfying compositions; here, he combines the age old piano study (étude) with contemporary minimalist approaches.

        The Three Études are wonderful, as stand-alone movements making one focus on different technical aspects of playing (the first - ostinati and shifting harmonic areas between hands, the second - hand streches and balance of parts, the third - clarity in a moto perpetuo interweaving pattern), and as a whole drawing on material from across the set.
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        Published on: 21 June 2014

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