Five Characters Walk Into a Bar
for solo piano(2010)
|Premiere||March 28, 2010; Caramoor Festival, New York; Sarah Cahill, piano|
Five Characters Walk Into a Bar is inspired by the clandestine activities of the Danish Resistance in World War II, and the 5-character codes that the resistance used to transmit secret messages. These five characters (originally letters, represented here by pitches) snake their way through individual bars (measures) in which they repeat, cycle, and transform, inspired by the resistance’s use of encryption, and the transformation and abstraction of information. This piece is part of a large body of work based on my research inro wartime and cold war codes, espionage, and communications.
– Annie Gosfield