Editions 75

Works by Tom Johnson

Dutch Rhythms

For two pianos, preferably separated. All the seven-note rhythms possible in 7 to 13 beats, making a total of 64 rhythms lasting about 10 minutes. 12€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2018

Slight Variations

A homometric pair of six notes forms 48 very short variations, each containing 3 minor seconds, 3 major seconds, 3 minor thirds, 3 major thirds, 2 fourths and 1 tritone. About 15 minutes. 10 pages, 10€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2015

Twelve

Twelve piano pieces derived from the block design (12,4,3). Each piece contains 33 four-note chords, all 12 notes occur the same number of times, and the rigor and symmetry are considerably greater than in any serial music. Duration 20 min, 12€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2008

Block Design for Piano

30 minutes of continually changing arpeggios, following a set of mathematically determined combinations, written for pianist John McAlpine. 12€.

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2005

Kleine Choräle für kleines Klavier

Short sequences of rational harmonies, scored for toy piano, written for Isabel Ettenauer, who has also played other pieces by the composer.10€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2005

Same or different

After each phrase, the listener is asked to decide whether the two things heard were the same or different. This test of perception skills can be presented silently and discreetly, or with vocal audience participation, or with answer sheets and scores. A commission of VPRO radio, premiered in Hilversum in 2004 by the Dutch pianist Dante Boon. About 15 minutes, 12€.

CD recording available by Dante Boon.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2004

Tilework for Piano

Premiered in June 2004 by New Zealand’s pianist John McAlpine, this composition tiles a line of 15 points with five voices in tempos 7:5:4:2:1 and lasts about 10 minutes. It is a structure known as a “perfect tiling,” and one may read about this the article about Tom Johnson’s music in the magazine Pour la Science (novembre 2004). Score 10€.

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2002

Organ and Silence for Piano

A collection of movements extracted from Organ and Silence, dedicated to John McAlpine. Premiered in Düsseldorf in September, 29, 2002. 25 minutes, 15€.

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 2002

Two Curves

Piece for player piano, in collaboration with Wolfgang Heisig. No score, just the roll, ready to roll: 60€

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1998
Two Curves roll at Pianola Museum Amsterdam

Full Rotation Of 60 Notes Through 36 Positions

Piece for player piano, in collaboration with Wolfgang Heisig. No score, just another roll, ready to roll: 60€

Available on a CD prepared by Wolfgang Heisig and published by Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1996

Cosinus for Piano

Four movements with a mathematical melody in one, two, three, and finally four voices. 6 minutes, 7€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1994

Septapede

A variable loop turning around on seven piano keys. Written in 1973 and revised in 1993 (a more recent guitar version is also available). About 12 minutes, 7€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1973-1993

Symmetries

49 symmetrical miniatures playable by four hands, 50 minutes, 40€

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1981-1990

Music for 88

Nine pieces written in 1988 for the 88 keys of the piano. Score 10€.

CD recording available: Played and narrated by Tom Johnson himself in a Experimental Intermedia CD with text in English.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1988

Chord Catalogue

All the 8178 chords possible in one octave. Written on one page and playable on any keyboard in about two hours.

Download the score free of charge

CD recordings available:
Recorded by the composer for Experimental Intermedia

Recorded by Samuel Vriezen

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1986

Tango

120 permutations of a melody played with an Argentine beat.

Download the score free of charge; alternatively a paper copy is available for 5€.

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1984

Voicings

Four pianists repeat a single phrase. The music is always the same, but the distributions of the notes, the “voicings,” are always changing. For four pianos, 30€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1984

Counting Keys

Five movements in 14 minutes. 12€.

Available in CD.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1982-1989

Triple Threat

A challenge for a pianist who can play, talk, and make recordings. Score in English. 10 minutes. 7€

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1979

Private Pieces

Verbal instructions to follow at the piano. A useful book for students who can not yet read notes with facility, and for others who wish to play music allowing much room for interpretation. In English, 15€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1976

An Hour for Piano

Exactly 60 minutes of music for piano. 20€.

CD recordings available:
The 1979 version of Frederic Rzewski.
The 2010 version by R. Andrew Lee.
An excellent 2018 version by Keiko Shichijo.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1976

Old Wine New Bottle

A Scarlatti sonata transformed into minimalist repetitive piano (or harpsichord) solo that keeps going for over 15 minutes. An endurance exercise that is amusing at the same time. 12€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1976

Spaces

Twelve minutes of tranquil music, where one senses the influence of Morton Feldman, with whom Johnson studied just before, in 1967-68. 12 minutes, 8€.

  • Author: Tom Johnson
  • Publisher: Editions 75
  • Year: 1969
Tom Johnson composed his first opera in 1972