Movt. 1 from Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo
Movt. 1 from Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo

Note

RosesThe score contains a 6x9-inch color image of five species of roses and five species of fruit, with of a set of integers superimposed on each image. Each of the images is displayed on a single page and represents one section or movement of the music.

Individual prints of the fruits and roses displayed in the score were obtained in a small antique shop in Chatham, Massachusetts. The roses were created by French artist P. J. Redoute. Regrettably the name of the artist who composed the fruit is unknown. The prints were scanned into a computer, the integers superimposed, then the completed image output to a photo quality color printer. Both the English and Latin names of each flower and fruit are displayed in the upper corners of the page.

The integers used in the score were drawn from the names of the various roses and fruit. The integers placed on each image were determined by the letters in the alphabet which spell-out the name. The letter 'a' corresponds to the number 1, the letter 'b' to 2, and so on.

Play a sound-group for each integer located within the image. Integers represent the number of sounds to be played for each sound-group. Each integer corresponds to a single sound-group and indicates the number of sounds to be played for that group.

Larger integers may be subdivided for ease of counting. Read all integers once only.

A sound-group may contain a succession of single tones, chords, or any combination of both. Sound-groups may consist of varied and contrasting patterns, melodic patterns, rhythmic patterns, ascending and descending patterns, shaped phrases and gestures, repeated patterns, repeated tones, etc.

Musical elements for each sound-group such as pitch, dynamics, speed, rhythm and articulation are free.

Both black and white integers appear in the score to contrast against the background for better readability. Odd-numbered pages (roses) contain black integers, even-numbered pages (fruit), white. The player may or may not assign any musical distinction to the contrasted integers, such as soft-loud dynamics, fast-slow speed, etc.

A chord, arpeggio, glissando, double-stroke, trill, duplet, triplet, etc. counts as one sound. Grace-notes are not counted.

Play each sound-group independently of any other. Any sound-group may or may not be followed by a silence. Fractional silences may occur within a single sound-group.

Overall, silences between sound-groups should be varied to preserve the continuity of the music. Varied silences should range from a fraction of a second to several seconds.

Integers distributed on the page may be read in any order, but are most easily read from top to bottom. Movements are read sequentially (from 1 through 10).

The images are to be projected in succession (Nos. 1 - 10) on a large screen, so that both the player and the image may be seen from the audience. Each image is to be projected on the screen for the same duration the music for that image is being played.

An accompanying CDROM disc is included with the score. The disc contains screen files (jpeg) of the ten images, which may be loaded onto a MAC or PC hard drive. The computer is then connected to a digital projector. Any slide-show software, such as PowerPoint, can be used to project the images.

Optional: Signal processing devices or techniques may be employed as timbral enhancement to the music. In general, the Piano should be dominant, while the electronically processed sounds play a more supporting role.

Roses