This piece uses a really simple mix of instruments – four pianos and a drumset – to create a driving yet haunting theme unlike anything you’ve heard before. The simplicity of “Purgatory’s Mansion” is remarkable – I really like this recurring simplicity idea, if you haven’t guessed – and I think that’s why it’s such a dramatic piece despite its lack of orchestration. With the piano being my favorite instrument and the one I’ve studied the most, you’ll notice it shows up in almost every one of my compositions for at least a cameo appearance. “Purgatory” is one of the few pieces that really uses it front-and-center, and I like it. Pianos are great!
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