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Time's long ruin (solo piano)

by Anne Cawrse (2012)

Time's long ruin


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Time's long ruin / Anne Cawrse.

Library shelf no. 786.2/CAW 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Time's Long Ruin is a fantasy for piano, composed in 2012 as a prepatory exercise to flesh out some themes to be used in a larger work, an opera titled Innocence.

The piece bares the same title as the book upon which the Opera is based. This novel by Adelaide author Stephen Orrr investigates childhood, surburban Adelaide in the '50s and '60s, change, loss, hope and memory.

That all should change to ghost and glance and gleam,
And so transmuted stand beyond all change,
And we so poised between the unmoving dream
And the sole moving moment - this is strange.

Past all contrivance, word, or image, or sound,
Or silence, to express, that we who fall
Through time's long ruin should weave this phantom ground
And in its ghostly borders gather all.

There incorruptible the child plays still
The lover waits beside the trysting tree
The good hour spans its heaven, and the ill,
Rapt in their silent immortality.

As in commemoration of a day
That having been can never pass away.

-Edwin Muir

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Suitable for Grade 8 AMEB and above

Commission note: Commissioned by The Firm.. Commissioned by The Firm for their 100th concert.

First performance: by Clemens Leske at The Firm 2013 Concert 4 - Solo Piano Works (Elder Hall) on 7 Oct 2013

Material used in the opera 'Innocence'.

Performances of this work

7 Oct 2013: at The Firm 2013 Concert 4 - Solo Piano Works (Elder Hall). Featuring Clemens Leske.

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