Étude, by Paul SanGregory, performed by Michael Tsalka




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Published on Nov 21, 2015

I composed this etude for Michael Tsalka. Because he enjoys playing early keyboards, I decided to use the quiet finger techniques of 18th-century keyboard music as a starting point. That changed my focus from the development of modern pianistic technique to the parameters of harmony, rhythm and phrasing. While these have always been worthy pianistic techniques, the phrasing of contrasting note groups is of special importance here. The piece is more subtle and less flashy than a typical etude, but does present a challenge. My hope is that if one listens carefully, either as player or listener, the various metric, harmonic and phrasing ambiguities contained in the steady gentle flow of eighth-notes will become a delightful etude for the musical mind.

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