Sheet Music: Score
Toccata DNA / Michael Kieran Harvey.
by Michael Kieran Harvey (1993)
The title refers to the chain of nucleic acids that pass on instructions for hereditary characteristics in animals. Slight changes in the double helix have profound consequences; similarly the pitch material in the Toccata metamorphoses in character, while retaining its basic interrelationships. The first section is inspired by the Art of Fugue as realized by the German organist Gerd Zacher, where he subjects Bach's fugue to various modern compositional treatments. The second section is influenced by the Berlin-based group Einstuerzende Neubauten (Collapsing Buildings), in particular their song ZNS (Central Nervous System 1985).
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- B4 (portrait))
Duration: 8 mins
Dedicated to Francis Ravel Harvey
Commissioned by ABC Classic FM.
First performance by Michael Kieran Harvey — 14 Feb 93. Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
This edition produced 2012.
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