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art of agony (Percy Grainger)

Sheet Music: Score

The art of agony (Percy Grainger) : version for two pianos / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Two pianos, audio playback (optional video playback).
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    Performance by Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney from the CD Works by Percy Grainger, Robert Davidson, Carl Vine, Matthew Hindson.


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Performance of this work requires a backing audio CD with optional video file, which is available from the AMC.

Features the voice of Percy Grainger, as recorded in August 1952 on an American CBS Radio program called 'Favorites of the Famous'. Davidson uses the rhythm and shape of Grainger's speech to create 'speech melodies' from memorable quotes like "music is the art of agony".

The work requires the pianists to play in synchronisation with an audio recording of Percy Grainger. This is achieved through listening to a click track from the left channel of the audio (not heard by the audience).

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (14p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Playing with click track, difficult speed

Duration: 3 min.

Commissioned by Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg.

First performance by Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney — 19 Aug 12. Studio 420, ABC Brisbane

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720152-52-3

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