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A musical composition for piano based on every element of punctuation in J.D. Salinger's short stories, "Franny" and "Zooey".
A musical composition for piano based on every element of punctuation in J.D. Salinger's short stories, "Franny" and "Zooey".
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“Franny (and Zooey) for Piano Duet” is a work conceived as a performance of two pianists, one male and one female, performing a musical composition based on every element of punctuation in J.D. Salinger's short stories, "Franny" and "Zooey".  This will be the premiere of “Franny”.

The composition consists of the artist’s transcription of the various punctuation from each line of "Franny" and "Zooey" to a blank page of manuscript paper.  Each color designates a different type of punctuation in the story.  For instance, pencil stands in for periods, orange for commas, green for question marks and so on. This system also designates each type of punctuation as a certain type of note (periods equal whole notes, commas equal quarter notes, apostrophes equal grace notes, colons and semi-colons equal dotted half notes, etc.)  Marya Alford has been working with musician and pianist, Ron McBain to finalize the composition for piano duet.  Phrasing and dynamics have been added to the piece and the music has been translated to readable musical notation.  Please click here to listen to a short excerpt of the music.

The premiere of this performance is on September 20, 2011 at The Women's Twentieth Century Club in Eagle Rock, California.  The funds from Kickstarter will pay for the rental fee of this performance space, tuning of the piano in the space and production of the audio CD's and booklets of the piece. 

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    Includes all of the previous rewards plus two original punctuation tracings from the piece (your choice of pages but they must be side by side in the original FZ book) framed side by side. Example: Pages 14 and 15 or 16 and 17

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    Includes all of the previous rewards plus a handmade green cloth book with a copy of the entire composition-both the tracing of the punctuation and the musical notation, signed and numbered by the artist, Marya Alford and the composer, Ron McBain. This is an edition of 10 books.

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