Instrumentation: Any number of keyboards, including one prepared piano.
Duration: indeterminate
Published in EMC Keyboard Anthology.
First performance: Kingston College of Art, 13 December 1968.


February 1, 1968

Gavin’s Notes:

Mr. Sunshine (1968)

Mr. Sunshine is one of three pieces written in 1968 for the pianist John Tilbury following my return from America. It consists of one large page of notation incorporating certain elements of indeterminacy. There are “looped” areas where short phrases are played over and over, and some of these are connected by lines to other parts of the page, giving the possibility of moving through the music in a series of leaps. Although written for a solo pianist, it is strictly for any number of pianos, of which one should be “prepared”. This prepared piano may be used to maintain a pulse, to colour other material or to give a continuum to the freer, non prepared part.

It is, in fact, the earliest piece that I still acknowledge, all others having been destroyed.

Gavin Bryars