Monday, April 28, 2014
Unfinished pieces (1)
Some pieces just don't seem to get finished. For example, I've been working on a piece with the title SAWING A GRAND PIANO IN HALF. Two problems have arisen in trying to finish this piece. The first is a purely compositional — indeed, a formal — question: Should the sawing be done beginning with the treble side or with the bass side? The second question is one of stage magic mechanics: Once sawn in half, severing all wires, how does the piano appear to be instantly reassembled and playable without the use of smoke, mirrors or a second piano?