'The Grip' is a short piece for piano solo. Short improvised patterns were captured and became the foundation for composing the piece. It consists of a brief into and three movements, each breathing it's own distinctive atmosphere.
The first and the third movement are basically constructions of cells that evolve harmonically and rhythmically in spiraling gestures, up to the point where the process destabilizes and continuity is broken rather abruptly.
The middle part of the piece can be regarded a modest intermezzo, contrasting the dynamic movement of the surrounding parts. Some elements of the harmonic foundation of the first movement also reappear in the other two movements. These are specific combinations of notes that, in a way, make up the DNA of this piece.
'The Grip' was written in 1995. It is the first and so far the only work by Olivier Hijmans that does not involve electronics.