Description: Finger Spirits is a concerto for piano and orchestra. The traditional concerto form of three, large, separate movements is not present here. It is a one-movement work in three continuous sections. Certain premises of the concerto are retained: (1) the interplay of soloists and orchestra; (2) the display of vistuosity; and (3) the use of fixed thematic elements. Throughout the performance, the pianist alternates playing actual notes with gestures used in manual communication and mimetic elaborations created by the composer. The gestures delineate shapes of particular objects and depict emotions that are present in the work as it unfolds. Finger Spirits explores the act of performance and alters the traditional concert ritual of audience-performer opposition. In addition, it incorporates gestures as an extension of the role of the pianist and thus represents a form of music theater.
Date: August 1982
Creator: Conlin, Virginia P. (Virginia Patricia)
Partner: UNT Libraries