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Toccata DNA (solo piano)

by Michael Kieran Harvey (1993)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Threnody



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Threnody / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 271 [Available for loan]

Toccata DNA


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Toccata DNA / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HAR 18 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title refers to the chain of nucleic acids that pass on instructions for hereditary characteristics in animals. Slight changes in the double helix have profound consequences; similarly the pitch material in the Toccata metamorphoses in character, while retaining its basic interrelationships. The first section is inspired by the Art of Fugue as realized by the German organist Gerd Zacher, where he subjects Bach's fugue to various modern compositional treatments. The second section is influenced by the Berlin-based group Einstuerzende Neubauten (Collapsing Buildings), in particular their song ZNS (Central Nervous System 1985).

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Francis Ravel Harvey

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Classic FM.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 14 Feb 93. Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Performances of this work

7 Jul 2016: at Sydney International Piano Competition: preliminaries (Verbrugghen Hall).

15 Oct 94: Kennedy Centre, Washington, USA.. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

14 Feb 93: Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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