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Death Cap Mushroom

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Death Cap Mushroom : an anti-opera for piano, toy piano, extended rock kit, vocal/guitar playback / Michael Kieran Harvey.

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2021)


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Performance of this work requires a backing audio CD that is available from the AMC, or contact us for a downloadable version.

The Death Cap Mushroom is a deadly poisonous mushroom often mistaken for ordinary funghi (pron. FunGuy). It has taken out at least one Roman Emperor and one Holy Roman Emperor. It won't go away, and it seems to be spreading, even to Australia, where it is concentrated near Parliament House, Canberra. On the surface it seems quite a reasonable mushroom but once it gets inside a human death follows swiftly. Though looking the same as other mushrooms it regards itself as superior and chosen. It holds gatherings in national parks where it glories in its white European roots. It is closely associated with the orange fat-headed American poisonous mushroom, Fly Agaric, that returns every four years. The prime sequence to 17 is used throughoutthe piece (17 is a product of primes 2,3,5,7). Prime = supremacy. Toy piano = white privilege.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (29p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Highly virtuosic, high synchronicity required

Duration: 7 mins

Dedicated to Hannah Pike

Commission info: Commissioned as part of The ANAM Set (2021)

First performance by Hannah Pike, Alex Bull — 26 Oct 21. Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC

Includes program and performance notes.

Backing track text by Dr Arjun von Caemmerer ; vocals/guitar by Benjamin Cannings.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Ad Nauseum, Sepultura, Terry Bozzio, Gergo Borlai, Ben Cannings, Anthony Pateras.

This piece is intended to be performed with restrictive click track. Vocals and guitar are played back on a separate track in the stentorian anti-operatic tradition of Ligeti, Feldman and Spike Jones.

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ISMN: 979-0-720242-89-7

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