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Vijay Iyer

Meta-Études

for piano (some assembly required)

piano (2015)
DurationVariable duration
CommissionCommissioned by the Partners of the Law Firm of Latham & Watkins in association with San Francisco Performances
PremiereMay 10, 2015; SFJazz Center, San Francisco, CA; Vijay Iyer, piano
PublisherSchott Music

Program Note

This piece consists of a set of generative processes for piano improvisations. They may be played in any order. A given performance can consist of the full set or any partial set. Individual processes may be repeated within a performance. They may also be superimposed or otherwise executed in combination. Any one process can continuously transform into any other, or coexist with and influence other processes; or they can be played as isolated movements.

Each process isolates one or more variables or highlights a specific behavior at the instrument. However, attention should be paid to other expressive elements, such as tone, dynamics, articulation, and pedaling, even when these are not specified; such parameters are open, and the performer is free to employ them to express the piece. Every sound is a choice.

The pianist is thereby asked to construct a performance from the given processes. This requires listening to not just the moment-to-moment evolution of your acts, but to the aggregate of musical events over time. In order to do so, you can consider speed or energy density as an organizing parameter, guiding your choices across movements; for example, slow-fast-slow, or heavy-light-medium.

This directive is the most challenging aspect of the piece; as performer, you must cultivate your own perspective on what constitutes a “complete” performance, and execute it in real time. In particular, you are asked to develop an emotional connection with an audience through these musical acts. This requires rigor, intentionality, and vulnerability. Proceed knowing that nobody has heard this before, nor can they expect to hear it again. It’s all about what you do with the moment and the unknown: shaping and defying expectations

May this score serve as a toolset for innumerable constructions. Thank you for playing.

– Vijay Iyer

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Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (4 required for performance) (Digital)

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Anthology edition (Print)

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Choral Booklet (Print)

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Full Score/Performance Score (includes 3 copies) (Digital)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Digital)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Digital)

Performance Score (includes 4 scores) (Print)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Print)

Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

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solo part and piano reduction (Print)

solo part and piano reduction (Digital)

Parts (Mov. 11 only) (Print)

Full Score (4 needed for performance) (Print)

Choral Score Set - 20 copies (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

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Video and instructions (Digital)

Score and Parts (Digital)
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Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

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Solo Instrument Score (Print)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
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Choral Score (Digital)
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Study Score (print) (Digital)

Study Score (print) (Print)

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
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Vocal Score (Digital)

SATB choral score (Print)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Print)

Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)

SATB choral score (Digital)

Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Digital)


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