The Twenty-Three Lives of Anishka Lilivsky

for solo piano

Program Notes

These pieces – the first two of a larger planned series of piano compositions centered around the compositional technique of isorhythm in various forms – pays homage to the compositional variety and imaginative spark found in the twenty-three motets of Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). As for the titular Anishka Lilivsky: she is an imaginary fictional character who might perhaps be the protagonist of a detective novel or film noir set in Eastern Europe, or maybe she’s just a cheap mail order bride who’s managed to hook a plethora of husbands simultaneously. I don’t know. But regardless of who she may be, she must be pretty clever, and indeed pretty tricky, to have so many lives.