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Piano trio : piano trio

by Lachlan Skipworth (2015)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This Piano Trio is in three distinct movements all sharing a link to the traditional shakuhachi piece Daha (often translated as "pounding wave"), which I learned during my time studying the instrument in Japan. This piece is unique for its juxtaposing depictions of the ocean as a symbol of both unwavering strength and of calm quietude. The opening movement is a direct re-imagining of Daha, with the strident setting of the original melody in sevenths and ninths combining with the syncopated rhythmic material to conjure the forceful image of a waves striking against rocks. These stronger gestures are interspersed with more tranquil sections sustained by floating parallel harmonies.
The second movement seeks to embody ma, a sense of unmeasured yet proportional space common to many Japanese art forms. Unlike the first movement, the musical material is not directly linked to the piece Daha itself, but rather the musical aesthetics I learned through shakuhachi. The third and final movement grows quickly from the rising major seventh motive of the opening into a web of falling scales and later cluster harmony. The result is a restless forward momentum further invoking the spirit of Daha and the unrelenting power of the ocean.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Piano, violin, cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Musica Viva Australia.

First performance: at Concert 4 (Verbrugghen Hall) on 11 Apr 2015

Performances of this work

11 Apr 2015: at Concert 4 (Verbrugghen Hall).

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