Stress Position

solo amplified piano
9 minutes

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  • February 10, 2009 - Musica Nova Helsinki Festival - Helsinki, Finland - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • March 21, 2009 - The Music Gallery of Toronto - Toronto, Canada - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • April 20, 2009 - Frederick Loewe Theatre - New York, NY - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • November 4, 2009 - San Francisco State University - San Francisco, CA - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • November 8, 2009 - University of California, Berkeley - Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) - Berkeley, CA - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • November 9, 2009 - University of California, Sacramento - Festival of New American Music - Sacramento, CA - Marilyn Nonken, piano
  • April 23, 2011 - Northwestern University - Evanston, IL - Jonathan Katz, piano

Stress Position is a staged composition for solo amplified piano. All elements of the work are intended to address the topic of torture. The title itself refers to a general technique whereby all or most of one's bodyweight is directed toward a particular muscle group. There are many possible configurations and the resulting strain can cause grotesque swelling. Throughout the duration of Stress Position, the pianist must play an unrelenting series of repeated notes at opposite ends of the instrument. This causes the arms to remain extended for the duration of the work. In addition, each hand is stretched to further extremes as pitches are slowly added. Stress Position was written for Marilyn Nonken.

Written for Marilyn Nonken