Voices in the sky : for solo piano
by Michael Hannan (1980)
Voices in the Sky takes its title from a fragment quoted
from Varèse in Henry Miller's famous essay "With Edgar Varèse in
the Gobi Desert" (from The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, 1945).
Miller was a writer whose ideas on the relationship of art and
life has greatly influenced me. In the composition I have drawn
upon ideas from the essay, one of the few pieces of Miller's
writing directly concerned with music, modern or otherwise. The
creative key to the work is the concept of Miller's that
means the strict inner precision of a Swiss Watch combined with absolute recklessness". In this piece I have attempted to impose strict controls upon quite limited materials but at the same time have tried to create in places a kind of reckless flamboyance.
Duration: 16 min.
Work revised 1987.
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