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Stalin's Piano

Sheet Music: Score

Stalin's Piano : for solo piano with video / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (2017)


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Artists and politicians often overlap, and this suite of "voice portraits" juxtaposes them. The piano provides a musical picture frame for the portraits, which consist of spoken recordings of iconic figures, their speech recast as music by doubling and harmonising the natural intonation, without editing and pitch-shifting. The music is intended to intensify the emotional aspects of the speech - when we listen to the music behind the words, we can tap into the deeper unspoken meanings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (158p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Synchronisation with video

Duration: 70 min.

Contents note:

Bertolt Brecht -- Sun, space and green: Le Corbusier -- Free Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright -- Gereral, what about if the... -- e.e. cummings: sweet spring is your -- The art of agony: Percy Grainger (version for solo piano) -- Stalin's piano -- Yudina -- Goebbels -- Thomas Mann -- Night (for voice and piano, text by Judith Wright) -- Robert Helpmann -- Susan Sontag -- David Malouf: stooping to drink -- Arthur Boyd -- Out of the Blue: Jackson Pollock and Gough Whitlam -- Total political correctness: Donald Trump -- Not now, not ever (solo piano version) -- Michelle Obama: To Connect.

Dedicated to Sonya Lifschitz

Commissioned by Canberra International Music Festival.

First performance by Sonya Lifschitz at CIMF 2017: Stalin's Piano - Robert Davidson (James O Fairfax Theatre) on 30 Apr 2017

Includes performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Speech melody

This work is a modular collection, and the individual movements are not in a set sequence. Also, there are continually new movements being added, so the current collection held by AMC may not be complete.

Finalist for 2019 AMC APRA Art Music Awards

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Mar 19.

ISMN: 979-0-67311-188-2

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