Instrumentation: Solo Piano

Duration: 4 minutes

Date of Composition: 2004


Gray was written to celebrate the birth of my nephew, Gray King Baker. Part of my mindset while composing the piece involved imagining what it is like to first experience the sound of the piano and, in particular, its beautiful resonance. Gray moves slowly, allowing the listener to hear each pitch or sonority and its resultant decay. At the same time, the pitches and chords are all tied together in what I like to think of as slow motion melodies. These gentle melodic and motivic ideas align into clear phrases.


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Find Gray and other major piano works by Drew Baker on Marilyn Nonken's 2011 disc Stress Position, released by New Focus RecordingsClick the "Add to Cart" button below to purchase a CD with complete liner notes or find digital downloads on iTunes and Amazon.

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