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Sonata for piano, 4 hands

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Sonata for piano, 4 hands / Stuart Greenbaum.

by Stuart Greenbaum (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano, 4 hands.
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    Performance by Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg from the CD Four hands


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This Sonata for Piano, 4 Hands presents three different solutions to the challenges of 16 fingers and 4 thumbs playing at the one keyboard. Running in parallel to this logistic puzzle is a contemplation of the Sun and Earth in the context of an expanding universe.

'Life on Earth' is supported by the unique nature of our Sun (a yellow dwarf) and our distance from it. Recent observations of climate change underline the tenuous nature of this existence. It is anticipated that our sun will become a red giant in another 5 billion years and Earth would either be swallowed by the sun, or its water boiled away along with the atmosphere.

'The Expanding Universe' is a theoretical premise connected to the cosmological model known as the Big Bang - a continuous expansion, cooling and thinning out of the matter that constitutes the universe.

'Earthrise' is the name given to a photograph of the Earth taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. It shows just over half of the Earth above the horizon of the moon - a reversal of what we would normally see of the Moon above our own horizon. This captivating image - described as the "most influential environmental photo ever taken" - evokes a sense of the beauty (but also fragility) of our home planet.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (42p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 20 mins

Contents note:

I. Solar -- II. The Expanding Universe -- III. Earthrise.

Commissioned by Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance by Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg — 23 Aug 14. Performing Arts Centre, St. Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane

Composer's no: GRT 163.

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 25 Aug 14.

ISMN: 979-0-720149-14-1

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Four hands
CD: Four hands : Australian music for piano / Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo.


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