Llueve, for Solo Piano
Solo Piano. BSM0028a.
A movement from the suite of piano works A La Orilla Azul Del Silencio ('On The Blue Shore Of Silence').
Notes by Scott Holden © 2014.
Pew’s five-movement, 25-minute suite A la Orilla Azul Del Silencio ('On the Blue Shore of Silence') was inspired by the last poems of Pablo Neruda. Sensual, other-worldly, expressive and showcasing his rich harmonic pallet, they are freely tonal and transcend any sense of measured time. This is gorgeous piano music. "Llueve” ('It Rains') is almost hallucinogenic as it slowly undulates around the same C for 5 minutes, while other lines sensually swim around it. Pew writes well for a pianist’s hands, once the hand crossing choreography has been worked out. The language is luminous and chromatic, with just enough hints of tonality to help juxtapose the incredible harmonic shifts. His sonic approach to the keyboard here has its ancient roots in Debussy’s pianism, demanding hushed pianissimo dynamics and a non-teleological approach to development. The writing is without bar lines or meter; the rubato effects are cleverly calculated through spatial notation. Pew has a unique voice that is sure to connect with audiences, while saying something fresh, profound and meaningful."