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From joyous leaves

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From joyous leaves : concerto for piano and chamber orchestra / by Elliott Gyger.

by Elliott Gyger (2015)


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My association with the music of Nigel Butterley has been a long and rewarding one. As the title of this work hints, it draws its inspiration and materials from Butterley's solo piano work Uttering Joyous Leaves, which has long been a particular favourite of mine.

Uttering Joyous Leaves in its entirety provides the framework for From Joyous Leaves, stretched out so it takes five times as long to play. The lengthening, however, is not uniform: thirteen individual bars spread across the score - corresponding to the entry and exit points of the soloist in my concerto - appear at their original speed, while the proportions gradually expand and then contract between these points. The result is an oscillating process, in which Butterley is always present but comes to the surface only periodically.

A further layer superimposed on this Butterley palimpsest is a succession of invented harmonic structures, derived from 22 notes on the piano which are prepared - a further aspect of homage, to Butterley's long association as a performer with the prepared-piano works of John Cage.

There is no programmatic narrative to From Joyous Leaves; its concerns are purely musical, creating a dialogue between Butterley's style and my own.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (94p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 27 min.

Dedicated to Nigel Butterley

Commissioned by Timothy Phillips with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance by Arcko Symphonic Ensemble at Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (Iwaki Auditorium) on 31 Oct 2015

Includes performance note and program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720162-63-8

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