Private Dances in Japan

I am informed that my Private Dances will be performed August 12 by pianist Kentaro Noda, at Tokyo Music University, at the end of a four-day piano festival. Mr. Noda’s program for that afternoon (1:00), titled “The Next American Piano,” is:

Justin Henry Rubin: Monumentum pro Giacinto Scelsi ad annum C (2005)

Kyle Gann: Private Dances (2000-2004)

Larry Polansky: tooaytoods #1-11 (2001-2005)

Dary John Mizelle: Piano Sonata no.4 (2001)

Dary John Mizelle: Transforms 1-34 (1976-1994)

All of these are Japanese premieres, and the Polansky and Mizelle are world premieres. This is not only my first performance in Japan, but the first time (as far as I know) that someone’s performed one of my works from downloading it off my web site.

American pianist Blair McMillen will be playing two of the Dances at Caramoor on August 16, and at the Tenri Institute in New York on September 8. Details later. They’re getting around.


  1. says

    Congratulations on your Japan premier!
    On a side-note, “tooaytoods” was performed by Reiko Harigaya (class of ’06) during the 2005 Dartmouth Festival of New Musics. I’m not sure if all 11 were played, (I don’t remember and can’t find a program on-line) so this might still be the world premier of 1-11 as a complete set. I’m sure Larry could set us straight. That was the same festival which featured James Tenney, incedentally.
    KG replies: This is the world premiere of some of the “tooaytoods” (two-second-long piano etudes, yep, that’s right), and of Mizelle’s Transforms as a complete set. Kentaro Noda’s press release was very precise; I was trying to save tedious explanation.

  2. larry polansky says

    Thanks kyle, and galen, about the tooaytoods. to be REALLY accurate, Kyle himself gave the premiere of the first four, he typed them into sibelius from my original pencil scores and realized them on his diskclavier (it was a wonderful thing to do, and fun, and the first time i heard them). Reiko played 7-8 of the tooaytoods at dartmouth, yes (and did a wonderful job), and the fantastic Australian musician Joan Pollock played many of them, plus two I wrote just for her (joantoods) at a recent concert of my music in Melbourne, and then again at an Astra concert. Kentaro tells me he’s planning on playing 1-11 (the whole first set), and yes, that would be the first time that whole set has been played. Some of them (like the one called viityviiinii, which Kyle realized) are almost unbelievably difficult (maybe impossible in two seconds, I’m not exactly sure), so it would be quite a piano feat (and an honor for me) if Kentaro can them.
    thanks for mentioning the pieces.