Prayer (for John Pierce) Matthew Burtner

“Prayer (for John Pierce)” was composed for the memorial service at Stanford University’s CCRMA of one of the 20th century’s greatest engineers, John Pierce who died in 2002. Pierce, best known for inventing the transistor, made enormous contributions in the fields of satelite communications and digital music. The composition is made from a single strike on the body of a physical model singing (“prayer”) bowl by Stefania Serafin. The physical model bowl allows the shape and material properties to be altered continuously as it resonates. In “Prayer”, the bowl undergoes continuous transformation, seeking modal harmonicity.

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration of the submitted work: 1:23

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