Claire (2023)
piano solo

Robert Morris

Program Notes

Claire was composed in June 2023. It is based on the second thirty-six of the seventy-two melakartascales of south Indian music. This set of scales is called prati madhyama, which means that each scale contains a sharped fourth degree. (The other thirty-six scales of the melakarta have a perfect fourth degree (called purva madhyama).) The scales are imbricated into a chain of 144 notes which forms the basic material of the composition. The rhythm of the composition is likewise derived from the chain. The result is a leisurely, but sometimes stark, composition. I have composed a companion composition called Vif using the purva melakarta scales.