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Hell is Murky,  op. 19

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Hell is Murky, op. 19 : for piano trio [eScore] / Jack Symonds.

by Jack Symonds (2014)


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This piano trio is an abstracted tour through four key scenes of growing insanity from Macbeth. The first movement is a fast dance of the Weird Sisters as they foretell cataclysm amidst canker-tinged frivolity. A stable, pulsed round-dance is attempted several times but is always just a sinister illusion.

Lady Macbeth's mad scene follows, as she recites poetry like a fetish and tries in vain to cling to small kernels of order and beauty. Certain 'poisons' are injected into the music from the outset that gradually destroy both its syntax and its content.

Next, a ghostly apparition enters the feast and Macbeth's mind too, unravels. Discarded, inserted scraps of other music are sucked into a highly unstable vortex that can't decide whether it unfolds quickly or slowly. Internal dreams are made external nightmares.

The final scene is a meditation on Macbeth's final description of life as like a 'walking shadow'. The strings play with metal mutes to reduce their sound to a grainy whisper, raking over moments from previous movements in a futile attempt to lyrically escape the labyrinth of bloody madness.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (53p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 14 mins

Contents note:

I. Killing Swine (3 min.) -- II. The Thane of Fife had a wife (4 min.) -- III. Twenty trenchèd gashes (3 min.) -- IV. A Walking Shadow (4 min.).

Commissioned by Streeton Trio.

First performance by Streeton Trio — 3 Nov 14. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

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