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Psychosonata

CD

Psychosonata / Michael Kieran Harvey.

  • Published by Move Records — October, 2013 [MD3368] — 1 CD (69 min.)
  • Purchase Price: $22.73 (Usually ships in 1-4 days) — Add to Cart
  • Library Availability: CD 2493 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Psychosonata (2012) Piano sonata No. 2
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey 27 mins, 41 sec.
Kursk (2007) for cello and piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey, Saxby Pridmore 8 mins, 19 sec.
Fear (2011) for violin and piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey, Natsuko Yoshimoto 10 mins, 31 sec.
Makzurka (2011) for Stephen McIntyre's 70th
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey 3 mins, 2 sec.
Homage to Liszt for piano and percussion duo
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey, Arjun Von Caemmerer 6 mins, 19 sec.
Etude for trumpet in C and piano (2011) for trumpet with piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne, on 20 Aug 13.
Michael Kieran Harvey Tristram Williams, Michael Kieran Harvey 6 mins, 14 sec.
City of snakes for chamber ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studio, Melbourne
Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey, Eugene Ughetti, Ashley William Smith 5 mins, 15 sec.

Product details

A collection of Michael Kieran Harvey's compositions from 2007-2013 ranging in mood from the relatively serious to cheerful pastiche. Harvey is joined by the very brightest young instrumentalists Australia has to offer.

The CD includes various short works for piano and cello, piano and violin, piano and percussion, piano and trumpet and piano and bass clarinet.

The longest work is "Psychosonata" about which Michael Kieran Harvey wrote:

"I was always fascinated with the work of Francis Bacon, and my musical choices and interpretations gravitated to works that had a similar primeval anarchy, but within a highly rigorous discipline. The cover art of Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho I found very compelling as an allegory of the respectably dressed Ayn Rand corporate monster. In this sonata I had also in mind something of the dark thickly-layered use of colour of Frank Auerbach, especially his paintings of heads, where he tries to depict psychological intensity with a veritable catatonia of lines and colour. The structure, the head, is the sonata form - in three distinct sections - but the storm engulfing it is a restless sequence of numbers, occasionally shot through with scarifying lightning and abrupt silences.
There is no narrative. The entire work is constructed on the bijective numeration system, that is, all nine Hindu-Arabic numerals without the concept of zero. There is an obsessive exploration of these numerals which constrains and controls the musical terrain in an artificial and additive fashion - almost robotic - rather like what I understand to be the unsympathetic thought processes of the psychopath, or the seemingly disordered thought of the psychotic."

Duration: 69 min.

Booklet includes program notes and biographical notes on composer and performers.


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