Plink! (2015) by Guillermo Galindo
for piano and music boxes
World premiere

While looking for a conductor for my opera Decreation/Fight Cherries (2001) with text by Ann Carson, a friend of mine recommended Mary Chun as a possibility. I couldn’t have made a better choice. Mary transformed my piece and instantly turned me into her fan and a follower of Earplay.

In 2005 Earplay commissioned me to write a piece including my first electro-mechanical sonic device called MAIZ. I wrote the piece and together with the ensemble I went on tour through the Central Valley of California. I will never forget that amazing experience.

Now, in celebration of Earplay’s 30th birthday, I wrote this little piece including small mechanical music devices known to us as music boxes. They are a miniature version of MAIZ. The piece is based on my piano transcription of a recording that overlaps dozens of music boxes. This piece is my humble tribute to honor Mary and all of the talented musicians who have dedicated so much time to making magic possible. Myself and many other composers are thankful forever that Earplay has given us the opportunity to have our pieces skillfully performed by professional musicians in venues that attract avid lovers of contemporary music.

Happy Birthday Earplay! Gracias y plink!

— G. G.    

[from program for May 18, 2015 concert]