I preview in this video why I chose the specific works for my new recording DRONES AND RESONANCES. Each piece—from Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and my own music— uses drone tones that reveal a special sonority and resonance of my Bösendorfer 200 piano.
Drones are tones held while music changes above them, below them, or around them. While often hidden, drones create resonance and color. They are partly the secret of how a percussion instrument like the piano can seem to sing. These works all use drones to create their unique sonic worlds:
Bach French Suite in E Flat Major
Schubert Impromptu in A Flat Major, op. 142 #2
Beethoven Piano Sonata in A Flat Major, op. 26
Steinberg Beachcombing, Perotin's Aura, and Triad Dance from Beach Pebbles
Brahms Three Intermezzi, op. 118 #2 in A Major, op. 117#2 in B Flat Minor, op. 116#4 in E Major
Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableaux in C minor, Prelude in G Major, Prelude in C Minor