SOLO INSTRUMENT - Fetch (2004) - piano

Duration - 9:00

piano solo (pianist also speaks)

Commissioned by Andrew Russo with funds from the James S. Marcus Foundation.

Text by playwright Will Eno

Derek Bermel’s Fetch is a work for speaking/acting pianist from the piano bench. The roles of speech and music are reversed, with the words commenting on the music as the pianist played a few measures in one interesting style or another, and then doubted whether that was what he really wanted to be doing. The musical fragments were intriguing, and the verbal asides were sympathetically uttered.
— Andrew Russo