Map & Territory

2019

A trick I sometimes use is to write for the piano like it’s something else. Here I started by thinking of the piano as a post-rock band: you’ve got the clean guitar at first, then the lead doing a melody which is later doubled. As the piece goes on it becomes more obviously a piano piece, of course.

In the middle section, the right hand melody gets “stuck” on an E for ages and ages, and then the left hand eventually steps in and develops its own melodic idea, leaving the right hand to build up clusters until the first melody triumphantly returns. I think of the right hand here as representing traditional masculinity, or capitalism, or something, and it sort of just keeps doing the same thing until everyone else sort of rises up and sweeps it out of its confines into something new and better.

Written with support from Smedbyn Foundation, Sweden.