Techno Etudes II
|Commission||Co-commissioned by the Gaudeamus Foundation, De Doelen, and the late Mr. Frans Curvers|
|Premiere||October 4, 2020; De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Ralph van Raat, piano|
Techno Etudes II (world premiere performance) • Ralph van Raat, piano • De Doelen, Rotterdam, 4th October 2020
Techno Etudes II is a sequel to my piano piece Techno Etudes (2000). It consists of three movements, and they are all beat-oriented. The first piece is funky, groovy, and even psychedelic. The second piece is lyrical and textural that creates blurry and fuzzy images. For the third piece, I was inspired by hip-hop/trap music by BTS, in which bass sounds are boosted and emphasized.
It was co-commissioned by the Gaudeamus Foundation, De Doelen, and the late Mr. Frans Curvers for the Gaudeamus Foundation’s 75th anniversary. It was written for and dedicated to the pianist Ralph van Raat and premiered by him at De Doelen in Rotterdam on October 4, 2020.
– Karen Tanaka