76, for piano (2019), is dedicated to Ashil Mistry. The opening melody comprises three pitches, and is designed so that these pitches rotate with each repetition of the rhythmic pattern. An ascending bassline and four-note chords harmonize the upper pitches, now moving in parallel thirds and fourths. The bassline is then inverted and thus descends, as the metric length and register of the melody are expanded.
Composed and recorded December 2019, unedited take on digital piano
Photo: Whitney Block, Toronto, January 2019
Music and composer’s notes copyright Bruce A. Russell 2020