Mini-Studies on my Surname (Armstrong, Peter McKenzie)
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|Work Title||Mini-Studies on my Surname|
|Composer||Armstrong, Peter McKenzie|
|Movements/Sections||3 sections, unbroken:
|Year/Date of Composition||1983, revised 2011|
|Average Duration||2 minutes|
|Related Works||Performance as revised is meant to be followed immediately by Katikaze|
Indexing our alphabet numerically in modulo 12 and flagging the letters
"A-R-M-S-T-R-O-N-G" against this index, one sees each third character
as redundant and the unique members reduced to six,
- A R S T O N
- 0 5 6 7 2 1
with corresponding intervals
- 5 1 1 -5 -1 .
This interval series, however, once expanded by a factor of 5 and only
slightly transposed, yields exactly the member indices just omitted,
- 10 11 4 9 8 3
Combining then the two series (with index 0 assigned to D#) as follows
- D# G# A Bb F E
- C# D G C B F# ,
I have fashioned this movement briefly addressing several favorite
pianistic concerns: memory, legato (via fingers &/or sustaining pedal),
and the articulation of mirrors.