The Hand of Day

for Piano

Program Note

The Hand of Day is a three minute minimalist piece for piano on the shortest of poems by Octavio Paz:

The hand of day opens
Three clouds
And these few words

Using a limited range and an always sounding eighth note pulse, this piece explores horizontal rhythmic groupings. Each of the arrival points uses a slightly more dissonant combination than the last (2 vs 3, 3 vs 4, and eventually 4 vs 5).

Score

The Hand of Day score (PDF)

Recording