(2004/2005) / 21’

For Piano Solo

First performed November 2005, Lucerne Festival by Thomas Larcher


EP 11004

crimson /´krImz(e)n/ adj. n. & v. adj. of a rich deep red inclining to purple. –n. this colour. – & intr. make or become crimson. Blood-red. (ME cremesin, crimesin, ult. F. Arab. kirmizi KERMES)

The Concise Oxford Dictionary


"...and O that awful deepdown torrent O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and… yes…"

Molly Bloom’s closing monologue in James Joyce’s Ulysses


I recently re-wrote and fused together two separate piano soli, written between 2002 and 2004, to bring to an end a time of intense preoccupation with a specific timbral palette of sounds for the piano. The contrasting material of the three movements share a similar 'intention', which I can only more closely define by referring to the colour 'crimson', hence the chosen quotations above.


With thanks to Nic Hodges, Thomas Larcher and Ulrich Löffler.

(Rebecca Saunders)