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Interplay : for cello and piano

by Gerald Glynn (1980)

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Performance by Anna Carewe, Philip Mayers from the CD Instrumental music

Instrumental music


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Instrumental music : for strings.

Library shelf no. CD 1162 [Available for loan]



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Interplay : for cello and piano / Gerald Glynn.

Library shelf no. Q 787.4/GLY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Interplay began as a piece for cello and harpsichord, but given the strong, muscular writing for both instruments, I soon decided to replace the harpsichord with the piano. The vigorous interaction between the two instruments is greatly influenced by my interest in the music of the North Indian tradition, where the solo sitar or sarangi is accompanied on drums (the tabla) - between these, there is agreement, dispute, rivalry and a jostling for the last word on a given phrase or motif, musical equivalents of hide-and-seek, cat and mouse pouncing upon one another, and leap-frog.

In terms of the Western tradition, this work has a particular significance for me in that, for the first time in my compositions, there is a deliberate recapitulation (starting at bar 120) of the opening material - the piano's arpeggiated chord and the cello's wide-interval response -, confirmation of the fact that a sense of return is an essential, often inescapable element of our musical tradition.

Work Details

Year: 1980

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Susan Blake, Nicholas Routley — 9 Oct 80. Old Darlington School, Sydney University

Performances of this work

29 Jan 00: Gerald Glynn Retrospective Concert, Alte Schmiede, Vienna. Featuring Ursula Kneihs, Stefan Gartmayer.

24 Aug 90: Musica Nova Festival, Brisbane. Featuring Anna Carewe, Philip Mayers.

19 Mar 89: Paris Musicora Festival, Grand Palais. Featuring David Simpson, Ursula Kneihs.

13 Mar 87: Lille en musique festival. Featuring David Simpson, Yolande Baert.

12 Jul 81: Seymour Group Concert Series, Ervin Gallery, Sydney. Featuring Nicholas Routley, Susan Blake.

9 Oct 80: Old Darlington School, Sydney University. Featuring Susan Blake, Nicholas Routley.

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