All Sense of Proportion

Retuned piano or keyboard, four hands.

Duration: 16 min.

In the Republic, Plato mocks theorists who search for meaning through their ears, twisting strings on pegs to find truth, regardless of those strings' "shameless denials" (in Desmond Lee’s translation). I have done my share of string twisting (or the electronic equivalent) myself but make no claims to Platonic truth thereby, only to that certain "twisted" meaning that finds its way through our ears. This piece is tuned in just intonation, that is, through true proportions, specifically the third and seventh harmonics found in the natural vibrations of strings.