Karlheinz Essl

Kalimba  (2005)  #05mn — première suisse
for toy piano and playback
© Julia Wesely
En concert
Toy ! - di 13.3 13h


is the first piece that Karlheinz Essl wrote for me. After experimenting with my Schoenhut Grand he had the brilliant idea of enriching its sound with an electronic soundtrack based on a recording of the same instrument. Placing a small loudspeaker inside the toy piano

made it possible to create a perfect blend between the sounds of the instrument and the playback. The piece is entirely based on an eight-tone scale which alternates whole and half tone steps. Kalimba was premiered at the Komponistenforum Mittersill on 15 September 2005.

Isabel Ettenauer