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Reich - CorverPiano Counterpoint (1973, arr.2011 ) 12'
arrangement of "Six Pianos" for piano and tape


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World Premiere
The Pearl, Doha
Vincent Corver, piano /

Composer's Notes  
Piano Counterpoint is an arrangement of Six Pianos (1973) for solo pianist and tape made by Vincent Corver in 2011. Four of the six piano parts are pre-recorded and the last two are combined into a more virtuosic single part played live. For these last two parts to be played by a single pianist it was necessary to move some of the melodic patterns up an octave giving the piece an increased sparkle and intensity.  The amplification of the live player along with the pre-recorded playback add additional electricity. Combined with the practicality of needing only a solo pianist, this arrangement can be heard as improving on the original.

— Steve Reich

Reproduction Rights:
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