Duration: Approx. 4 minutes in length
Date of composition: 2020
About Musical Distancing
Musical Distancing was written as a musical response to social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this piece, notes maintain a minimum distance of a perfect fourth apart – whether they’re consecutive notes or chords.
As well as notational distancing, the piece follows the narrative of those going through social distancing: Moments of uncertainty and anxiety interspersed with tentative discovery of the beauty of the outside world, quiet walks and peaceful moments. There are moments of panic when encountering several other notes at musical crossroads, and the inevitable dance-like shuffle that occurs while all attempt to adhere to distancing rules.
Musical Distancing was premiered by Duncan Honeybourne as part of his Contemporary Piano Soundbites project in April 2020.