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Deus est fabula : trio for piano, B flat clarinet and violin

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2014)

Work Overview

Deus est Fabula (vale Jon Lord)

"Deus est fabula" was commissioned by the Plexus trio (Philip Arkinstall, clarinet, Monica Curro, violin and Stefan Cassomenos, piano) for the MSO/Melbourne Recital Centre's 2014 Metropolis series, based around the theme of mythology. Derived from the word Deus (D + Es) the trio is structured on the first seven prime numbers.

The first record I ever bought was Machinehead by Deep Purple. I was eleven years old and Jon Lord's keyboard playing in this group blew me away, opening my ears to an eclectic musical universe. In a strange way Deep Purple led me back to appreciating anew contemporary classical music. In 2003 I had the great honour of premiering Jon Lord's one and only Piano Concerto "Boom of the Tingling Strings" in Luxembourg and Brisbane in his presence. He was a modest and warm human being, and a highly intelligent musician. He died last year and I salute him. Lord is another word for Deus. This trio seeks to capture some of the energy and surprise of Lord's keyboard playing. (Michael Kieran Harvey, Hobart 22/1/2014)

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piano, B flat clarinet, violin.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging, extended techniques, high ensemble synchronicity required

Contents note: 1. Credulità con rubato (Credulously, with rubato) ; 2. Moderato espressivo ; 3. Ossessionato (Obsessed) ; 4. Impietosamente (Mercilessly).

Dedication note: vale Jon Lord

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.. Commissioned for the MSO/Melbourne Recital Centre's 2014 Metropolis series

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble at Pantheon (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre) on 2 Apr 2014


Performances of this work

2 Apr 2014: at Pantheon (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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