A new composition titled Double Klondike (2018) by Kevin J. Garnica was recently premiered on campus.
Yafei Lin and Vernon Snyder, performing as the Lin-Snyder Duo, debuted the piece at the CPP Piano Ensemble concert in November. Snyder is an adjunct faculty member in the music department.
“It’s been a pleasure for my colleague Yafei Lin and I to collaborate with Kevin on his recent composition for piano four-hands,” Snyder said. “The piece is fresh and original, unlike anything else I know of in the four-hands repertoire, and is full of rhythmic energy, thoughtfulness and expressivity.”
The piece, for piano four-hands, was recorded in the Music Recital Hall.
Garnica, the music department’s piano accompanist, offered some insights on the meaning behind the composition’s title.
“Double Klondike is the name of a popular Solitaire variant. Like two people simultaneously playing their own game of Solitaire, two pianists ‘play’ their part on a single instrument,” he said. “If one pianist is playing short notes, the other plays a sustained line; when one is playing triplets, the other will play in duple; if one pianist is making sound, the other is making no sound, and so on…”
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEgjxRUm354 to watch a video of the performance.
The video and audio recording were done by Erik Biano. Visit www.erikbiano.com for more information.