Eleven Nights is a solo piano work written in 2009. It is the last contemporary classical piece I wrote before shifting to songwriting under my alter ego Daniel Boone’s Fault. It uses a composition technique that employs folk tunes, fiddle tunes, dance tunes, both my own and traditional ones as source of rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and structural material. This piece is slightly different than other pieces I’ve written using this style in that it starts out very strictly and moves to a freer application of the method and finishes by returning to an austere mood with stricter use of the method again. The rhythmic application of the method had priority throughout. Here is the original tune:
I am quite excited about this composition method. It is the culmination of about ten years of trying different approaches to finding a sound that seems like an authentic expression of myself. Though the sounds may seem quite simple, they are the result of a fairly abstract process of building up a thick notated score and then gradually trimming away as much as necessary to find the piece. In a sense, I am a searcher and not a maker of this music.
Here is a brilliant performance of Eleven Nights from April 2009 by Hung-Yun Chu. The level is pretty hot so you may want to turn your volume down a bit.