The Wanton Brutality of a Tender Touch
|Commission||Commissioned by Blair McMillen|
|Premiere||September 8, 2006; Tenri Institute, NYC; Blair McMillen, piano|
When I composed The Wanton Brutality of a Tender Touch I wanted to make use of Blair McMillen's great technique and enthusiasm. The title was inspired by a recent televised brawl: one baseball player wrapped his arm around another player's waist, and drew him in close in order to deliver a wicked roundhouse punch. In one graceful series of movements, what looked like a fleeting moment of tenderness became an unbridled expression of fury. I was intrigued by the idea of creating a piece that borders on brutal, yet is delivered with Blair's flawless precision and accuracy.
– Annie Gosfield