Vocalise (Bitensky, Laurence Scott)

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Work Title Vocalise
Alternative. Title
Composer Bitensky, Laurence Scott
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ILB 16
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1998
First Performance. 2000-11-02 – Centre College: Denine LeBlanc (piano)
First Publication. 1998 Silly Black Dog Music
Average DurationAvg. Duration 8'
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Solo Piano, one hand

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Vocalise is a study in several respects. It is a compositional study on an extended melodic line, in which a large-scale form is created using purely melodic ideas without recourse to harmony. Two or more notes are never played simultaneously. It is also a rhythmic study in which the performer must decipher numerous rhythmic complexities to achieve the effect of a fluid and quasi-improvisational melodic sweep. Finally, in the tradition of one-handed piano pieces, it is a study that tests the pianist’s endurance and ability to command the entire piano with one hand.