Nine toy pianos, 2001

Premiere: Orange County Museum of Art, Eclectic Orange Festival, U.S., 2001

Sponsored by The American Composers Forum and The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, U.S., 2001

Exhibited in Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery, Seattle, U.S.

Composed for the art installation Klavier Nonette by renown sound artist Trimpin. Trimpin's work is made up of nine MIDI-adapted toy pianos, placed around an exhibition hall. The public uses a jukebox to select and play different pieces of music created for this ensemble. Alba Triana was part of the group of composers invited to write for Klavier Nonette.


Her piece consists of a sound continuum held and transformed by means of rotations among the nine pianos, evoking a “precision mechanism.” The toy pianos’ delicate tuning differences generate a coloristic process, altered by the sound movement among the keyboards and the listener’s motion through the installation.