Man on Wiire

for piano and electronics

Commissioned by Aron Kallay
Premiered Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2010 at Alfred Newman Hall, University of Southern California


Man on Wiire is an acrobatic act demanding tremendous agility and precision from the pianist, involving massive leaps, tricky hand-crossings, and sudden shifts in character. Meanwhile, the performer’s movement is monitored by an accelerometer (here, a Nintendo Wii controller) and used to electronically modulate the piano’s sound. A performer at rest will pass through a “clean” piano sound, while greater movement will create greater and greater disturbances—much like the disturbances of a taut wire as the tightrope walker makes his way from end to end.


To purchase full score and electronics patch, contact the composer.

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