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Falling : for two pianos

by Mary Finsterer (2012)

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Performance by Gabriella Smart, Paul Grabowsky from the CD Works by Jeremy Rose, Barry Cockcroft, Eric Gross, Cyrus Meurant, Matthew Hindson, and Mary Finsterer.

Works by Jeremy Rose, Barry Cockcroft, Eric Gross, Cyrus Meurant, Matthew Hindson, and Mary Finsterer.


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Falling : for two pianos / Mary Finsterer.

Library shelf no. 785.6212/FIN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Falling, for two pianos, explores the season of Autumn as an unyielding force of nature. A continual rhythmic motion introduces the work and continues throughout, tracing a slow and undeterred downward journey to mark out the main structural framework of the piece.

Using the inspiration of a single leaf falling, this piece is a study of how a leaf picked up by the wind, seems for a moment almost to fly.

In an interplay of opposites, this work traces the act of falling and may at times give the impression of climbing, the idea being that without context, the concept of falling is not possible.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: 2 Pianos.

Duration: 19 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — A high level of technical proficiency required.

Dedication note: "Dedicated to my mum, Monica Finsterer"

Commission note: Commissioned for Gabriella Smart, Paul Grabowsky with funds provided by Australia Council.. Commissioned Paul Grabowsky and Gabriella Smart for the 2012 Soundstream Festival

First performance: by Gabriella Smart, Paul Grabowsky at The Rite of Spring (Elder Hall) on 12 Oct 2012

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Stravinsky and Ravel.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Mary Finsterer


Performances of this work

12 Oct 2012: at The Rite of Spring (Elder Hall). Featuring Gabriella Smart, Paul Grabowsky.

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Posted by Anni Heino on 5 February, 2014

Thank you for posting this comment, Dan. -- Anni (Editor, AMC)

A chance discovery

Posted by Dan Jeffries on 3 February, 2014

I'm not from Australia and I think it's fair to say I'm new to the Australian music scene. And I had never encountered the music of Finstere. But I'm glad I have now because this piece is stunning. I came across it by chance listening to a podcast. I had no idea who it was by or what the piece was called. All I knew was that the interwoven textures of the two pianos was beautiful and I wanted to hear more.