From joyous leaves : concerto for piano and chamber orchestra
by Elliott Gyger (2015)
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My association with the music of Nigel Butterley has been a long and rewarding one. As the title of this work hints, it draws its inspiration and materials from Butterley's solo piano work Uttering Joyous Leaves, which has long been a particular favourite of mine.
Leaves in its entirety provides the
framework for From Joyous Leaves, stretched
out so it takes five times as long to play. The lengthening,
however, is not uniform: thirteen individual bars spread across
the score - corresponding to the entry and exit points of the
soloist in my concerto - appear at their original speed, while
the proportions gradually expand and then contract between these
points. The result is an oscillating process, in which Butterley
is always present but comes to the surface only
A further layer superimposed on this Butterley palimpsest is a succession of invented harmonic structures, derived from 22 notes on the piano which are prepared - a further aspect of homage, to Butterley's long association as a performer with the prepared-piano works of John Cage.
There is no programmatic narrative to From Joyous Leaves; its concerns are purely musical, creating a dialogue between Butterley's style and my own.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, alto flute, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn, piccolo trumpet, trumpet in C, trombone, percussion (2 players), celesta, solo piano (prepared), strings (18.104.22.168.1).
Duration: 27 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Nigel Butterley
Resonate article: 2016 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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