Dans le piano is one of three vintage (c. 1970) tape pieces recently retrieved from my analog archives (comprising 100 7-inch reels); this is its premiere. Sounds were derived almost entirely from the interior of the upright Chase and Baker piano in my childhood home on Manhattan's upper west side. (Laura Nyro's father was among the instrument's tuners.) No score survives, so I assume this piece was largely improvised (though some editing is evident). The title’s oblique reference to Debussy’s Pour le piano acknowledges the primacy of timbre in this work.
Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in his native New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, and earned a doctorate in composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying with Salvatore Martirano and Ben Johnston. He is currently professor and coordinator of music theory and composition at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb). He is also the author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), and is a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009).