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Ruby and Wilderness

by Will Redman

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Wilderness and Self-Sufficiency (2002-2005/2022-23) is a drama for solo piano. The idea for this composition came after a conversation with a good friend about the modern American’s (i.e., our own) potential for survival without all of the conveniences of our lives. The conversation had a bit of a pessimistic tone to it, but while I worked on the piece I became more and more convinced of our abilities to adapt to any situation and to find the means to struggle against any number of hardships.

Wilderness and Self-Sufficiency is also very much about my own struggle with the (milder) hardships of being both a relatively horrible pianist and a composer obsessed with the piano. Act 1 of this composition addresses my fascination with certain highly dramatic composers of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. The inconsistent structures and somewhat fractured form of Wilderness and Self-Sufficiency are a direct reflection of my having forced myself to try to learn to play the music as I composed it – this music is a direct result of my engagement with the wilderness of the piano. Later in life I have had the opportunity to work with a Steinway Spirio computer controlled piano. The performance here is on said piano.

Ruby (2000/2023) is a modular composition based on a certain Thelonious Monk tune. There are three groups of pages labeled A, B C, and D. The twelve pages can be played in any order following that sequence. This arrangement was made by the composer for the Steinway Spirio piano.


released June 9, 2023

Will Redman - composition and piano programming

Recorded by Will Redman at RSTUDM




Will Redman Baltimore, Maryland

Will Redman is a composer and percussionist from Baltimore, Maryland.

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