Element Ritual (2017)

prepared piano 10-12'

Written for Tristan McKay, piano

Element Ritual is a multi-movement work for solo piano, semi-prepared. The work follows the course of a pagan ritual through elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. It uses primarily extended playing techniques for the performer, including "drumming" with mallets on the interior of the piano's wood and metal beams and boards, dropping lava beads onto the strings, plucking and strumming strings, humming, and spoken texts.