Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy
(St. Paul, MN)

from Piano lessons, voice lessons, choir, orchestra, performing Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, No. 2 composed by Bela Bartok.

Artistic Statement

In my years of piano study, this is one of the first pieces of contemporary music that I have truly loved playing. The dissonances, which on first learning sounded to me like mistakes, fell into place in the context of the rest of the piece. The 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3 rhythm seems to imitate the stomps of dancers, and the playful bouncing between the left and right hands their motion. The image that this piece has allowed me to paint and its shape are why I so enjoy playing it; this enjoyment has allowed me to draw more out of this piece, helping bring it to life.

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