"Imprint" was composed for Barbara Pritchard's Variation Project: a set of miniatures (dur: ca.1 minute) for solo piano that are based (or not) on the composers' reactions to the Maggie Helwig's poem "The Other Goldberg Variations" (from Talking Prophet Blues).
This minature took inspiration from this excerpt from the poem: "The body is not the beginning, but must do for the moment." The piece explores the relationship between physical and sonic gestures and the traces they leave behind. Which was the beginning or which was the end? Did the sound initate the physical or the physical initiate the sound?
The piano is not the end, but
the means, the mediator
of body and music. The body
is not the beginning, but
must do for the moment. The music is not the end.
Maggie Helwig from poem "The Other Goldberg Variations" (from Talking Prophet Blues)