A thought on dynamics in piano textures

Just a thought that came to mind while writing my new piano and tape piece Si el clima: an important part of the timbral variation of a piano comes from dynamics. So, dynamics should play a more important role in delineating characters in a texture. This in a way substitutes for different instrumental colours in a chamber or orchestral formation. The thing to note then is that when you change the dynamics of a line in piano music, you’re doing much more than simple dramatic shaping… You’re potentially bringing lines much closer together in terms of their identities. The same goes for registral placement.

Something I intend to experiment with throughout Si el clima.

Advertisements