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Stroien (piano music)

by Timothy McKenry (2009)

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Work Overview

Upright pianos have a life span of between 50 and 100 years, depending on where they are stored and how they are maintained. Heatwaves and infestations such as borer beetle have the capacity to damage pianos beyond repair. In spite of this, old pianos often take on the mantle of a hallowed object - their destruction or disposal seen by some as a 'cultural blasphemy'. In January and February 2009, Melbourne experienced an unprecedented heatwave: sustained temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celsius over many days saw numerous pianos meet their end. These instruments could no longer be tuned, and, on the advice of a professional piano restorer, were beyond help. This piece works to both celebrate the life of the instrument to be destroyed and to create and arrange novel sounds resulting from the destruction process.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: The work can be staged in its entirety with two pianos and two performers. One piano is destroyed in the course of the performance. Alternately, the "Elegy from Stroien" can be performed as a solo piano work.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Rowan Vince for Music Make Play

First performance: 2 Oct 09. Czech House, North Melbourne (Concert series in the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival)

Performances of this work

2 Oct 09: Czech House, North Melbourne (Concert series in the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival)

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