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Boulez's second notation fits snuggly in 20 seconds. But within this 20 seconds are 4 glissandi and a hand crossing dance of rhythms. Can you tell if all the glissandi went in the same direction or in different directions?
To any pianist attempting this any time soon, keep your skin moisturized and lubricate them for the slides!
I'd like to invite you to open your ears for not more than 6o seconds. Why? Because some of the most fascinating works of our time can fit in the amount of time it takes for you to check the weather. Let me show you some of these pieces.
I've created a series on Instagram called #contemporarymusicin6oseconds. Just search the hashtag and you will find it. In this series, I post weekly videos of works that are no longer than a minute. You could call them minute works.