John Harbison: Diamond Watch (Double Play for Two Pianos)


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  • Composer
    John Harbison
  • Publisher
    Associated Music Publishers Inc
  • Arrangement
    Piano (PF(2))
  • Format
  • Genre
    20th Century


For 2 pianos. "Diamond Watch was fun to write, a piece for an occasion I envisioned as enjoyable, with cherished performers, attentive listeners, and a location I’ve grown to love even for its acoustics, Kresge Auditorium at MIT. The dedicatee, Peter Diamond, is one of the world’s sovereign economists, but his other interests include baseball. I got to thinking about the various intersections between games, statistics, musical shapes, rules, frames, and predictions, and began imagining a series of variations. In my favorite kind of variation the “theme” itself is not overtly stated. This is the idea of the baroque passacaglias: the bass and its harmony are the real source. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and his solo violin Chaconne proceed this way, as does Corelli’s La Folia". - John Harbison

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