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Responsories, op.18

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Responsories, op.18 : for piano quartet / Jack Symonds.

by Jack Symonds (2014)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano, violin, viola, cello, pre-recorded electronic track triggered by laptop.


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Responsories is a two-movement piano quartet exploring the various ways an individual may respond to a group. The first movement sets the three strings in a constantly overlapping argument over the 'correct' way the material is to be played. The piano acts as an 'interpreter', extending the strings' thoughts into extremes of rhythm and register. The fast, densely woven lines hover on a knife-edge of gestural order and chaos.

The dreamlike, hallucinogenic progress of the second movement Adagio is a response to, and the textural inverse of the hard-edged first movement. Here, a pre-recorded viola d'amore is the individual and the live piano quartet the group interpreting, disagreeing with and occasionally attempting to fuse with the electronic part.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (53p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 min.

Contents note:

I. Scherzino -- II. Adagio.

Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Australia Piano Quartet.

First performance by Australia Piano Quartet — 27 May 14. University of Technology Sydney

Piano part is a copy of the full score.

Typeset edition.

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