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Robert Hakalski | Piano 5

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Piano 5

by Robert Hakalski

Spare, delicate, emotive suite of piano compositions with subtle electronic treatments and textures. Beautiful keyboard melodies unfolding over an impressionistic landscape of ambient drones and minimalistic noise.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moving Bodies
10:25 album only
2. Suspended in a Stationary Liquid
11:14 album only
3. War of the Welles
11:57 album only
4. Bilbo
11:21 album only
5. Annus Mirabilis
16:42 album only
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Album Notes
Piano 5 is a suite of original piano compositions.

While the title of this CD reflects the five pieces contained within, it also references the year 1905 (referred to in the scientific community as the Annus Mirabilis or Miracle Year) when Albert Einstein wrote five papers which mark a watershed between classical and modern physics. These papers offered, among other considerations, Einstein’s revolutionary insights into the nature of time and space, energy and mass. As much as one can “talk” about music (comedian Martin Mull once said
that that’s like ‘dancing about architecture’) these pieces are about Einstein and his Miracle Year.

I’ve long been fascinated by Einstein and his work. These compositions comprise a kind of meditation upon that work, some hints of which are alluded to in the titles. In two cases the titles are abstracted from the formal appellations of two of his papers: 1/Moving Bodies (“On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”) and 2/Suspended in a Stationary Liquid (“On the Motion of Small Particles Suspended in a Stationary Liquid, as Required by the Molecular Kinetic Theory of Heat”). The 3rd track, War of the Welles, is a tribute to the 1938 Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio play. It concludes however with a voiceover by physicist Richard Feynman, who calmly states his fearlessness in “being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose.” Feynman seems to infer that we’re on our own (doesn’t ‘lost’ imply ‘alone’?) In contrast to the beginning of the track, where the earth is under seige by alien invaders, Feynman’s words reflect impartial science and reason. Track 4, Bilbo, is titled after a parrot that Einstein actually received in the mail! Einstein became very fond of it and told it jokes (according to a close friend who kept a diary of Einstein’s last years which I believe now resides in the library at Princeton University). And finally, Track 5 is the Annus Mirabilis–the meditation’s climax and signature piece.

Thank you for reading (and listening)!



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