• Karen Tanaka
  • Crystalline III (2000)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Soundstreams, Canada

  • Piano
  • 7 min

Programme Note

From the composition of 'Crystalline' for solo piano in 1988, I have desired to project the image of crystals in sounds and space. 'Hommage en cristal' (1991), 'Metallic Crystal' (1994-95) and 'Crystalline II' (1995-96) are linked to this earlier piece, in which a glassy, solid, yet transparent sound suggests cold, crystal sound sculptures. This idea has been extended and developed in 'Crystalline III', but it has become more joyful and more rapidly fluttering in space.

'Crystalline III' was commissioned by Encounters in Canada. It was first performed by Eve Egoyan at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC, on 9th May 2000.

© Karen Tanaka