Three Impromptus (for solo piano)

by Istvan Peter B'Racz

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In celebration of the new addition to the DUNGEON:
a 1917 rebuilt Steinway model M.
The very first recordings solo on the Venter Steinway
(needed tuning- but who cares).

1) "VisaV" even though this was a completely improvised moment, I realized, after the fact: that the 2nd Dirge theme by Bartok really influenced me (from his Four Dirges Op.9a) as a thematic starting point. Its just more "Sinfonia" than dirge in its dotted rhythms.

2) "Fitting"- second one, on the next day. This one I was searching what key the instrument "liked" me to play in- as of yet untuned. Since I really don't know the instrument yet- I was testing various touch/feel/response as well as exploring what color "it" liked. It kept pushing me to "F". Hence the "break-out" moments. There are also some tests of the speed of the keyboard and its sensitivity/responsiveness. But, that was just a part of the music...

3) "Con-front" -Conflict, resolution? Not sure. movement, and holding back, opposing forces. trying to escape, but gravity holds.
These were things going through my mind as I was playing this piece.

4) "(Postlude)" - This final track was an improvisation, but I decided to edit the recording and do a repeat of the opening material, then close it off, as a final say for the Impromptus. That is why I don't truly consider this an impromptu, because of this editing (and I have trouble with rules, sometimes).

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released September 15, 2020

All music was improvised, created recorded, processed, and minimally edited (last piece) by Istvan Peter B'Racz.

Recorded in the Dungeon.

Thank you to Martha Venter for the loaning of the Venter Steinway to the Dungeon Music Studio for a period of time.

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