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Kelly ground

Sheet Music: Score

Kelly ground : piano solo / David Lumsdaine.

by David Lumsdaine (1966)

  • Sales Availability: This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
  • Library Availability: 786.2/LUM 1 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: Piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Mark Knoop from the CD Complete music for solo piano

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Product details

Kelly Ground is one of Lumsdaine's earliest acknowledged pieces, composed when he was in his mid 30s. Written for solo piano, its title refers to one of Australia's most famous historical figures, Ned Kelly, a bushranger whose defiance towards the colonial authorities eventually resulted in his dramatic capture and execution.

As an abstract composition, Kelly Ground can be divided into two cycles the first of which comprises five strophes. The two cycles are radically different: the writing in the first is dense, lively, and virtuosic; the second is still and contemplative. The composition is formed from the pitch material of cyclic matrices (confirming the allusion in the title to the cyclic bass on which a melody is composed), which in the first cycle is employed linearly, row by row. The chords of the second cycle, on the other hand, are formed from the columns of the same matrix.

By drawing critically on different musical traditions, Lumsdaine is able to create a space within which the social conventions that surround both music, and the legend of Kelly, can be contemplated.

— Michael Hooper

Published by: Universal Edition — 1 score (26p. -- Non-standard page size)

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 25 min.

Dedication note: "To Don Banks".

First performance by Roger Smalley at the Arts Council Drawing Room, London, 1966.

Includes performance directions.

Copyright held by Universal Edition.

Universal Edition: UE14226L.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Complete music for solo piano
CD: Complete music for solo piano / David Lumsdaine ; Mark Knoop, piano.

Kelly ground
Digital Audio: Kelly ground / David Lumsdaine ; performed by Mark Knoop


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