Kyle Gann – “Sad” from “Private Dances”


Kyle about his suite “Private dances” “I dance only privately, and in my head: thus, Private Dances. I had never been one to write suites of small pieces, but I was motivated to try to do so by the example of Bill Duckworth’s wonderful pieces in this genre, like The Time Curve Preludes and Imaginary Dances. The ideas for Private Dances are all rhythmic. “Sad” is an arrangement for live pianist of one of my Disklavier studies, Folk Dance for Henry Cowell. I had to excise some of the original 11-against-13 rhythms, but the piece is still tricky. The idea was to have a clear harmonic rhythm while thoroughly obscuring the meter. ” Enjoy!