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Jun 26, 2013 | 7:15 PM EDT
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7.6 MB
8 min 18 sec
2.92 / 5.00

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Author Comments

Mamihlapinatapai is a word from the Yaghan language, spoken in Tierra del Fuego.
The word is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as most succinct and is considered one of the hardest words to translate.

The meaning of the word is:
"A look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves."

This work is written in 2011 - 2012 for two pianos. First, the two pianos never play notes at the same time. Later, they play together, but polyrhythmic (5 over 4). In the end, they play repetitive patterns in a minimalistic style, but still, they never actually play 'together'.
That is how I've put "Mamihlapinatapai" in this composition: each longing to play together, but they actually never do, and no one dares to do so.


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