“Legerdemain” was an experiment with form for me. Meaning “sleight of hand” in
French, the piece is a musical and technical display of the performer. It is another piece I started
composing during my vacation in France in the summer of 2019, immediately following the
completion of the rough draft of “Through the Streets of Lyon.” However, unlike the preceding
work, the draft of “Legerdemain” was not entirely completed in France, it was only started there.
Only the beginning to A was completed then. After that, work on the piece nearly came to a halt
until later in the summer
From the mind of Calvin Chiu, this short work is a great dive into the world of atonal music. Rhythmically complex and demanding, this work would work great as a solo marimba, or vibraphone work. Try this out before buying Chiu's popular original work Two Characters for Vibraphone and Piano