Cobralingus: Bach Phase

Work Type: Chamber, Classical

Instrumentation: 8 pianos or 8 player pianos

Duration: 70-80 minutes

Cobralingus: Bach Phase began with my friend Greg Bloch. One day Greg sat down at a piano and started playing Bach’s ubiquitous Prelude in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, but in the pattern of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase, which I was rehearsing at the time. I thought it was an extremely cool idea and, with his blessing, developed it into this piece.

Reich has never been shy about how deeply he draws from Bach, and this piece is an exploration of the relationship between the two composers. The connections between the two are deeper than their shared fascination with counterpoint, but are also evident in less concrete ways, in their sense of pulse and physical motion, of dance, and in their precision and elegance.

[INLET 1: BWV 846]