Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

For Piano

James Primosch

Solo Part
Performing Ensemble: Piano Unaccompanied
Instrumentation: Piano
Item Number: 140-40119
Number of Pages: 20
Duration: 14:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


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A commission by 13 individual pianists, Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift is a suite of five movements, which Primosch describes in depth on his blog, Secret Geometry. While the first movement is contained primarily to the bass clef, the second is in the treble. The suite, however, as an entirety, makes full use of the entire range of the keyboard. For advanced pianists. "Both the first prelude, with its nervous thumping and banging, and 'A Gracious Dance,' Debussy a century later, ended in question marks. The 'Gigue-Scherzo' seemed more of a 'Scherzo-Gigue'; 'Nocturnal Obsessions,' with its moody left-hand ostinatos, lived up to its title. 'Contraption' evoked jazz at first, but soon [the pianist's] hands were speaking different languages." --Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

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Commission Commissioned by Geoffrey Burleson, Eliza Garth, Judith Gordon, Stephen Gosling, Catherine Kautsky, Youmee Kim, Jon-Luke Kirton, Ryan MacEvoy McCollough, Eric Moe, Christopher Oldfather, Linda Reichert, James Winn


1. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart
2. A Gracious Dance
3. Gigue-Scherzo
4. Nocturnal Obsessions
5. Contraption