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Porfyrius' shuffle

Sheet Music: Score

Porfyrius' shuffle : a circle for solo piano / Damien Ricketson.

by Damien Ricketson (2006)

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  • Library Availability: 786.2/RIC 1 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: Piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Naomi Edemariam from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.

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In the fourth century A.D. Optatianus Porfyrius penned together a poem, Carmen XXV. The poem is striking. Carmen XXV is written so that four out of every five words in each line may be 'shuffled' to create a new variation of that line. The content is self-reflective. It tells of 'dysharmonic junctions', 'uneven meters', 'rough tones' and 'confused words' that 'torment the singer'. The poem has over a billion possible variations.

Porfyrius' Shuffle also exhibits a multitude of possible forms. The musical material is a short but infinite loop from which the pianist chooses a starting point. A second loop, of differing length, describes an expressive path from which the pianist also chooses a starting point. The expressive loop is overlaid with the musical loop so as to guide decisions such as speed, volume and emotive character. Porfyrius' Shuffle is the first of a series of solo etudes that explore attributes of the infinite.

Published by: Curious Noise — 1 score (21p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 min.

Commission info: Composed while in residence at the Banff Centre, Canada with the support of an Australia Council Project Fellowship

First performance by Naomi Edemariam — 8 Mar 06. Ralston Recital Hall, Banff, Canada

Includes program note and performance instructions.

The first 10 leaves are transparencies.

The musical material is a short but infinite loop from which the pianist chooses a starting point.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-720068-10-7

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Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.
CD: Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.

 

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