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Keypunch: Music for two and four hands by John McDonald, Ryan Vigil & David Claman

Album Summary

>McDonald, John [Composer] : Ringlet for Change, with Two Changes, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 372d
>Vigil, Ryan : Haiku, for piano
>Claman, David : UnPact, for piano, 4 hands
>Vigil, Ryan : Untitled, for piano, 4 hands (2004)
>McDonald, John [Composer] : Disappearances, for piano, Op. 422
>Vigil, Ryan : Untitled, for piano, 4 hands (2005)
>Claman, David : Dedication
>Vigil, Ryan : Meditation, for piano
>McDonald, John [Composer] : Duettino, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 371
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer John McDonald joins two of his former students, Ryan Vigil and David Claman, in a recording of their keyboard compositions. A professor at Tufts and chair of the music department there, McDonald is a composer/pianist whose output features vocal, chamber and solo instrumental works. Ryan Vigil studied with McDonald at Tufts and is now on the faculty at the University of New Hampshire. David Claman, a graduate of the University of Colorado and Princeton studied with McDonald at the Longy School in Cambridge. He is on the faculty at Lehman College-City University of New York. Three voices, four hands, and myriad expressive twists capture the intention of Keypunch.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Another piano-centric program, Keypunch includes several four hand piano pieces. David Claman's UnPact is a tumultuous relationship between the two players who learn to get along. Ryan Vigil's Untitled (2004) has one pianist performing a sustained chorale while the other inserts itself with extremely short punctuations that are notated spatially. This piece, like Untitled (2005), moves so slowly there is rarely a sense of time. I perceived each as a set of moments that it was up to me to stitch into connected musical material. Untitled (2005) is interesting in that each pianist plays the same material on the same instrument but in separate tempos, like a very slow phase piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Merrimack College, MA (08/2006).



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>McDonald, John [Composer] : Ringlet for Change, with Two Changes, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 372d
  • Performers: John McDonald (Piano); Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001-2002

>Vigil, Ryan : Haiku, for piano
  • Performer: Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Claman, David : UnPact, for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: John McDonald (Piano); Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Vigil, Ryan : Untitled, for piano, 4 hands (2004)
  • Performers: John McDonald (Piano); Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>McDonald, John [Composer] : Disappearances, for piano, Op. 422
  • Performer: John McDonald (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Vigil, Ryan : Untitled, for piano, 4 hands (2005)
  • Performers: John McDonald (Piano); Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Claman, David : Dedication :: Thanks John, for piano
  • Performer: John McDonald (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Vigil, Ryan : Meditation, for piano
  • Performer: Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>McDonald, John [Composer] : Duettino, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 371
  • Performers: John McDonald (Piano); Ryan Vigil (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001-2002