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piano tuner

Sheet Music: Score

The piano tuner / Lawrence Whiffin.

by Lawrence Whiffin (1980)

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  • Instrumentation: SATB choir, piano, tam-tam.
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Based on a poem by Valerie Gillies, this work depicts the atmosphere created around an Anglo-Indian tuner as he tunes an old upright "both of them a relic of imperial times". It is scored for 4 solo voices plus choir with piano interventions and tam-tam in verse 5. The piano should be played live off-stage or pre-recorded and played back through loud speakers during the performance. Another piano, an old but tuned upright is played on-stage "ad lib" (based on the harmonies of the piece) in order to illustrate the poem and assist the choir's intonation. Traditional notation is used throughout.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (66p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Professional

Duration: 12 min.

Dedication note: Per Giovanni

Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance by Astra Choir, Lawrence Whiffin, Dieter Bajek, John McCaughey — 1980. Assembly Hall, Collins Street Melbourne

Includes performance notes.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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