Allay For Solo Piano (abstract only)

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr.. Nicholas Cline, Lecturer of Music Theory and Composition (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: allay (2020): a composition for solo piano (composition and performance by Nicholas Cline). I began composing this work shortly after the birth of my son in December 2019. It began as a simple work for left hand alone (one hand playing with the other arm holding my son). The title "allay" or "to make quiet, to quell, to calm" seemed fitting for the moment. Over the months that followed and the tragedies of 2020, this piece became a tonic that might - if only for a moment - alleviate fear and grief.In this short work (4:30), a melody traverses the range of the piano. Slowly, the melody condenses to form a series of chords beginning with a warm Eb major triad. The progression repeats again and again, searching for a place to settle until it finds a lightness and floats away. Link to performance available at:

Additional Information

Cline, Nicholas (2021). Allay for Solo Piano (abstract only). Research and Creative Activity at Appalachian: 2021 Event. The Office of Research, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Link to Performance available at:
Language: English
Date: 2021
RECAPP 2021, Music, Performance, solo piano composition

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