Chamber of Glistening Whispers


Program Note

Duet for pianist and piano, with electronics

This piece portrays a scenario of an intimate conversation between the pianist and the piano. Treated as a big resonating echo chamber, the interior of the piano is tickled, caressed, soothed, inspected and provoked by the various ways the pianist is instructed to articulate the strings. Like a piece of foam soaking in centuries of repertory memory, the piano slowly and gradually awakens to respond to the initiations of the pianist, emerging from a passive state to become a sounding partner to the pianist. The audience is invited to be the onlookers to this partnership, being given a glimpse into this intricate and personal engagement.

About Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Born in Taiwan and raised between New Zealand and Australia, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh is interested in music as an immersive physical experience and prefers to describe her music in terms…