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Psychosonata : Piano sonata No. 2

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2012)

Also known as: Piano sonata No. 2

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Psychosonata

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Psychosonata / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 2493 [Not for loan]

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Score

Psychosonata : for piano / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. Q 786.2183/HAR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

There is no narrative. The entire work is constructed on the bijective numeration system, that is, all nine Hindu-Arabic numerals without the concept of zero. There is an obsessive exploration of these numerals which constrains and controls the musical terrain in an artificial and additive fashion - almost robotic - rather like what I understand to be the unsympathetic thought processes of the psychopath, or the seemingly disordered thought of the psychotic.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — requires virtuoso technique

Dedication note: Dedicated to a cat called Psycho

Commission note: Commissioned by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 22 May 12. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2012 Congress, Hobart

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

Bartok sonata, Ligeti Etudes, Carter Night Fantasies

Performances of this work

5 Sep 13: Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

11 Aug 2013: at THNMF - A Celebration of New Australian Piano Music (Government House Ballroom, Perth). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

19 Jul 2013: at Carriageworks presents - Michael Kieran Harvey (Carriageworks). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

28 May 13: "Admirável Música Nova" festival, Teatro II, Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

4 Nov 12: Synaesthesia Weekend, MONA, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

3 Nov 12: Synaesthesia Weekend, MONA, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

17 Aug 12: Goulburn Regional Conservatorium. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

22 May 12: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2012 Congress, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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