Category Piano solo
Opus Number 24
Year 2012
Duration 11 min
Availability On this website (What)
Recording Reetamaria Rajala: SILENCE


Program note

This piece attempts to recreate the feeling of trance that you might get into when listening to a minimalistic piece. It crosses the boundaries between trance music played in clubs and contemporary music. It is strongly inspired by Matthew Whittall’s 12 preludes Leaves of Grass, which my teacher and pianist Risto-Matti Marin performed during a seminar at Tampere University of Applied Sciences in the spring 2012.  Marin’s tremolos and especially his one-note tremolos made me realize how rich the piano sound can be at best with some beautiful sounding overtones as a strong part of its timbre. In this piece I explore the depth of the sound of the piano, and how much or how little you need for keeping an easy topic like a crescendo and a diminuendo interesting for a long time. The piece was written during a very short time period, but it went through some modifications before it was completed at the end of 2012.

The piece was premiered by Tuomas Salokangas on the 7th of May 2014 at Pyynikki Castle. It was released on the 23rd of July 2022 on Reetamaria Rajala’s debut album SILENCE also available on streaming platforms.

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7th of May 2014 world premiere performed by Tuomas Salokangas at Pyynikki Castle – More info

23rd of August 2014 Tuomas Salokangas at the Tampering Festival at Tampere Library 

21st of April 2021 Swedish premiere by Reetamaria Rajala in Södermöre – More info

10th of April 2022 Reetamaria Rajala at Kuopio Chambermusic Society – More info

23rd of July 2022 release of Reetamaria Rajala’s debut album SILENCE – Listen here