New arrangement of Michael Nyman’s The Heart Asks Pleasure First

Arr. Matthew Van Driel

Instrumentation: yangqin, percussion, 2 erhu, zhonghu, cello
World premiere: Nov. 16, 2014 hatch Concert

‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’ was composed by Michael Nyman for the film ‘The Piano.’ As the most famous piece from that score, it has been arranged in many different ways and styles. Really a combination of a few pieces from the score, this arrangement makes use of the yangqin’s ability to play quickly as it takes most of the fast moving piano parts from the original. The beautiful melody jumps around between the players while the backing harmonic material is constantly changing, allowing each player a moment to shine.