The past is in the present as we look to the future : piano solo
by Haydn Reeder (2013)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/REE 6 [Available for loan]
The opening richly harmonized melodic phrases were improvised at the piano. This music, intentionally chromatic, could have been written 150 years ago. This 'given idea' is returned to in various guises during the first half, and remnants are heard later. Although there are some intentional loose ends in the opening minutes, a device borrowed from a novelist, the rest of the piece is unplanned in respect of the various textures and dramatic outbursts which are pitted against the melodic ideas and which attain a life of their own.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — There are a few areas where virtuosic playing is required but also quite a lot of slow lyrical music.
First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 26 Sep 15. Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Southbank, Melbourne
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
There may be some influence of Berg's Piano Sonata. Some 19th Century chromatic harmony used in a 20th Century manner; electronic music.
Work revised 2015.
Performances of this work
26 Sep 15: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Southbank, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
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