The art of agony (Percy Grainger) : version for two pianos
by Robert Davidson (2012)
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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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Library shelf no. 785.6212/DAV 1 [Available for loan]
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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).
Instrumentation: Two pianos, audio playback (optional video playback).
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Playing with click track, difficult speed
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