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The first line of Annie Gosfield's piece written for Guy Livingston, premiered at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center in 1997. The score calls for 2 baseballs, and was written as part of a program conceived by Livingston called "Ten Thoughts on the Five Boroughs." This brilliant composition exists in two versions: the original which lasts about 5 minutes, and includes a baseball mitt to perform the final pounding clusters; and a short, high-octane 1-minute version which was recorded by Livingston as part of his "Don't Panic" program, premiered in Amsterdam.

program for the New York Public Library exhibition, "100 Years of Music, Musicians, and the National Pastime."



new york times article about Guy Livingston, pianist
New York Times Weekend Feature


Guy performing Annie Gosfield's composition in Paris (Théatre Dunois)


Backstage with Guy | Dada at the Movies | 60 Seconds for Piano


en français : Brooklyn, October 5, 1941 composé pour un piano et deux balles de base-ball, commémore un des erreurs plus célèbres de baseball. C’était le quatrième match du World Series de Baseball entre les Dodgers de Brooklyn et les Yankees de New York (la grand-mère de la compositrice y était dans les gradins). Le catcher Mickey Owen des Dodgers a perdu son troisième “strike”, ce qui a permis Tommy Henrich d’atteindre le “base” et les Yankees de se remettre et gagner le match. Brooklyn s’est plongé dans le désespoir, et New York a gagné le World Series le lendemain. -AG