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Avner Dorman

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Memory Games (2011)
Work Notes
Available for performances after October 2015
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano + 1 Instrument
Year Composed
2011
Duration
5 Minutes
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Avner Dorman Memory Games (2011)

Composer's Note:

for Hilary Hahn

The inspiration for the piece is the classic 1980’s memory game ‘Simon.’ The original game has four colored buttons, each with a distinct sound and a light bulb behind it. The machine lights a button at random and plays its sound and expects the player to press the same button in response. If the player is successful, the machine repeats the first button and randomly adds another button to the sequence. Therefore, as the game progresses the sequences become longer and more difficult to remember and reproduce.

So, technically, ‘Simon’ composes a little piece every time a game is played- there’s a limited number of notes added sequentially to each other at random making the selection seem very logical. Coincidentally, the ‘Simon’ pitches are A,D,G,A – overlapping 3 of the Violin’s open strings in a different order.

In Memory Games a similar process occurs around two different patterns that are introduced in measures 1 and 19 respectively. Several rounds of the game are played throughout the piece, so to speak, making it resemble the form of the Passacaglia (or variations on a bass line).

- Avner Dorman

Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 OCT 2011
    Memory Games World Premiere
    Cincinnati, OH
    Hilary Hahn, violin

Reviews
After intermission, Hahn filled the hall with Bach, her tone at its richest all evening. Avner Dorman’s labyrinthine “Memory Games,” based on the memory game Simon, and Gillian Whitehead’s “Torua,” written in the wake of New Zealand’s Christchurch earthquake, offered gorgeous and palatable social and historical commentary.
Erica Zora Wrightson, Los Angeles Times,11/2/2011
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