Tony Solitro is a composer of concert and stage music that combines rich lyricism, visceral rhythmic energy, and a varied harmonic palette. Read full bio.
Richard Valitutto’s virtuosic and nuanced performance of Spectra of Morning was featured on a concert presented by People Inside Electronics in Los Angeles. In this excerpt, the delicate passagework is meant to sound free and spontaneous, as if the pianist is improvising a spectral fantasia over the rich harmonies. The work—composed for magnetic resonator piano—uses electromagnets to induce the strings to vibration. This augmentation of the grand piano allows the performer continuous control over the shape, attack, sustain, and timbre of every note.