Hypochondriasis for Piano (2015)
Hypochondriasis refers to worry about having a serious illness, also known as health phobia or illness anxiety disorder. In hypochondriasis, the patient doubts and distrusts the doctors’ diagnosis, and a doctor’s reassurance about their complete medical evaluation is unconvincing.
The piece depicts the patients’ feelings such as fear, anxiety and disbelief. The rhythmic and thematic (including specific pitch sets) materials represent this emotional complexity in the context of “doctor shopping.” Many short musical gestures are agitated, fugitive, and aggressive, yet they are also emotional, expressive and dramatic. These active motions seek a solution. Each of the six short movements contain their own motivic ideas, but are always unified to a central point, positive desire of mind that is represented by a certain pitch such as D#.
DURATION: ca. 7’40’’
- Premiered on July 22nd, 2015 by Pianist Jenny Lin at the 2015 Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, Valencia, Spain
- Performed on February 10th, 2017 by Pianist Minju Choi at the 2017 TUTTI Festival at Denison University, Ohio