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Cycles-1 : for harpsichord

by Lawrence Whiffin (1978)

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Performance by Elizabeth Anderson from the CD Bizarre or baRock

Bizarre or baRock


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Bizarre or baRock / Elizabeth Anderson, harpsichord.

Library shelf no. CD 2196 [Not for loan]



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Cycles-1 : for harpsichord / Lawrence Whiffin.

Library shelf no. 786.4/WHI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece was the first of a series of pieces called 'Cycles'. They are all based on a formal plan in which the characteristics and implications of the beginning segments are reflected in each subsequent section, from small to large, as the work develops. All parameters are considered: tempo, duration, texture, dynamics, register, mood, etc. The characteristics of each work create its originality as they do in all music, and a basic tenet of the technique states that "structural discipline permits maximum freedom within the subdivisions of that structure."

Work Details

Year: 1978

Instrumentation: Harpsichord.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Difficult from most points of view. Although there are few barlines, the score is less daunting than it seems..

Commission note: Commissioned by Elizabeth Anderson.. Commissioned by Elizabeth Anderson as a work of contemporary music forming part of her Master degree in harpsichord performance.

Related works are Cycles nos 2a (Cadenza for two pianos) and 2b (Sonata for tenor and bass trombones), and Cycles. Cycles 3 was begun but aborted soon after.

Performances of this work

1979: The performer's Masters degree recital at Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium . Featuring Elizabeth Anderson.

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