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In Anticipation

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In Anticipation : for piano solo / Sonia Jacobsen.

by Sonia Jacobsen (2002)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano.
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    Performance by Jeanell Carrigan from the CD Skins


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I received the commission to write a short piano piece for the New York International Pianofest Piano Bowl in 2002, just two weeks before my pregnancy due date - putting me in that rare category of women who actually don't want their pregnancies to end. (In fact, the final version was hurriedly sent off on the way to the hospital while in labor.) The timing of a late pregnancy and the commission lent itself to express the emotions I was going through, including the exhilaration and joy, but also the tension and apprehension about the challenge ahead and fears about to what extent my life would be changing. Instead of musically contrasting these seemingly contrasting emotions in different parts of the piece, I looked for a musical language that would stir them all together. A certain lightness and feel of floating harmonies, yet gritty enough colors (based on stacked 4ths and minor 2nds) that were neither too tonal nor foreign to tonality. Sometimes there is an underlying tonal or modal language, but dense harmonies and traditional cadences are avoided. Rhythm is the most significant element in the piece, and rhythmically speaking, the main three stylistic influences are: African polyrhythms, the bouncy odd meter rhythms typical of music from the Balkan countries, and old school Funk music with it's irregular groupings of 2 and 3 notes superimposed a 4/4 meter creating some fun syncopations. One of my approaches to this piece was to purposely 'mess with' the rhythmic predictability by letting certain patterns get established just long enough to be recognized as a pattern and then disrupting or slightly changing the pattern. Sonia Jacobsen

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7

Duration: 3 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by New York International Pianofest Piano Bowl 2002

First performance by David Jalbert — 13 Dec 02. Rock Hotel Piano Festival, New York

Includes program note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Balkan folklore, jazz, and funk music influences.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67301-573-9

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In Anticipation
Score [ePDF]: In Anticipation : for piano solo [eScore] / Sonia Jacobsen.

CD: Skins : compositions by Australian women composers / Jeanell Carrigan, piano.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Clarinet with piano
- Flute with piano
- Viola with piano
- Saxophone with piano


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