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Sheet Music: Score

Psychosonata : for piano / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Also known as: Piano sonata No. 2

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano.
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    Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Psychosonata


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (40p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — requires virtuoso technique

Duration: 25 mins

Dedication note: Dedicated to a cat called Psycho
Commission info: Commissioned by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

First performance by Michael Kieran Harvey — 22 May 12. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2012 Congress, Hobart

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

Bartok sonata, Ligeti Etudes, Carter Night Fantasies

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720128-35-1

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