Program notes

Bayu for piano, opus 109 (2020)

A meditative piano improvisation performed by the composer, Andrew Schultz, with live electronic manipulation. The piece is freely based on the Russian children’s lullaby, Bayu Bayushki Bayu. The text of that song warns a child that they need to sleep on their side or a grey wolf will come and eat them. This is not exactly a comforting message (!) so the piece has a mysterious and somewhat unsettled mood although it is always very quiet on the surface. But maybe something is lurking under the bed!

© Andrew Schultz, 2020