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Rhythms from the North Country for solo piano is structured by a clear and icily-stark harmonic framework. Against this simple background, various performance possibilities are explored -- strumming of strings, tapping of the lid and a finger tremolo on the side of the piano. The piece is athletic, unusual, and playful as it uses the piano lid, sides, and strings as percussion instruments of their own. The "north country" referred to in the title is the state of Vermont, the composer's home for the past many years.
Notes by the composer and Carson Cooman