Piano Piece No. 3

1996 – for piano & fixed electronics – 8:00

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)
[please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file]


World Premiere:
March 31, 1996
Erik Ross (piano)
Toronto Canada


Date: March 31, 1996
Musicians: Erik Ross (piano)
Engineer: Frank Horvat
Location: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Walter Hall

Programme Notes

Piano Piece No. 3 is based on an anonymous poem that was left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The words paint a vivid picture of what war is like from the perspective of a soldier. This inspired me to search for other non-musical content to include in the tape part. Audio clips from the 1991 Iraq War were used including the constant rumble of bombardment, a recorded message from an American POW, and clips from a speech by then US president, George H.W. Bush.

– Frank Horvat

Red stains the dirt
Red stains
The Fabric of my trousers
Spattered with your life
The warmth dissipating
Even as your torn lungs
Release their final breath-
Its father used in
Warning me to be alert.

Dust devils at my feet now
The terror of your destruction
Close at hand
I turn and fire
To survive
To rent gashes in yellow skin
Like those burned on my eyes

– anonymously left at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.


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