2006 (revised 2012) – for solo piano – 4:00
- Penthouse (midi demo) Frank Horvat 04:10
As a working musician, I often need to take on gigs doing cocktail parties, weddings, etc. On one such occasion, I played at a private party in a ritzy condo in Toronto. One of the guests at this party was a once-prominent Canadian television personality. She was smoking up a storm and tipsy to say the least. Throughout the evening, she insisted on singing along with my casual background music and talking my ear off on bullshit affairs while I was trying to play.
I always wonder if I could get away with playing something more experimental and adventurous at such parties, rather than the standard schlock. This inspired my composition, “Penthouse”. The first section uses traditional jazz harmonies. But as each section repeats, they get more dissonant. If I played this piece while people sipped their martinis, would they even notice?
– Frank Horvat