Workout

 

four pianos (3')

I composed Workout in 2007 and it's the earliest piece that I've assigned an opus number. It's a single-movement toccata that can be performed with four acoustic pianos, or four full-size digital keyboards using a piano sound.

The piece is a raucous, rapid ride with frequent changes of meter, register and volume. The work is through-composed, so doesn't repeat any musical themes or ideas, but instead pursues a relentless trajectory of forward momentum.