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Toccata Impossibile

for Garritan Playback

  • Genre
    Electronic and Experimental
  • Commissioned by/written for
  • Year completed
    2004
  • Year revised
  • Timing
    2:25
  • Catalog number
    185
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Toccata Impossibile was my first experimental work, in that I wrote it for piano, but never intending for it to be played by a human being. Indeed, I wrote it as a joke for super-virtuoso pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, who was a customer in my record business, to show him a piano "piece" that even he couldn't play. He did write me back and tell me that it was playable at a slightly slower tempo than the one I'd indicated, so the joke may have been on me. In any case, the work led to my slightly later Musica Superhumana, written for Garritan (Finale) playback with other sounds than that of a piano.

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