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In a close orbit

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In a close orbit : for solo piano / Anthony Lyons.

by Anthony Lyons (2011)


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In a Close Orbit for solo piano began as a craft exercise inspired to some degree by Gy├Ârgy Ligeti's piano work White on White from his third book of piano preludes. Similarly to Ligeti's piece, In a Close Orbit uses only the white notes of the piano. The entire piece is built on of a recurring two-bar figure of only four notes (E, F, G, A). This left-hand structure was conceived as a fixed 'orbit' upon which right-hand melodic fragments would unfold contrapuntally against it. The title of In a Close Orbit seemed to capture a sense of the inner and outer worlds of the music that emerged - with the different orbits of the hands reflecting an ongoing interest of mine in the simultaneous layering of static and non-static materials.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (6p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 mins

Commission info: Was commissioned for the 2011 Pure Poetry Project.

First performance at Pure Poetry Recital (Oddie Room, Art Gallery of Ballarat) on 21 May 2011

Includes program note.

Composer's no.: AL 042.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-900975-16-4

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