Five Hands

My brother Dave is an accomplished pianist. He is also deeply interested in music and its inner workings. He explained that some piano music, even though played with two hands, can have three melodies at the same time. When he played an example, I had a difficult time identifying all the themes.

My study below is intended to be a visual equivalent to this musical phenomenon.

Watercolor: Abstract - Hands, Five 083017

Five Hands
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

2 thoughts on “Five Hands

  1. How interesting. I’m starting to play again, but the three melodies at once is new to me. I’m sure only the accomplished pianist could do that. I’ll have to listen more carefully. Your painting is lovely. The negative space between the knuckles especially arresting.


    • I think an advanced listener can probably discern multiple melodies, but the pianist probably has to be aware of them as well. JS Bach is a composer who created complex inner melodies in many of his works.

      Thank you for the compliment, Deborah!



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