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City portraits (solo piano)

by Robert Davidson (2016)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This collection of three "voice portraits" is a subset of what became the larger collection "Stalin's Piano". Each movement is based on the recorded speech of a notable artist or politician, in this case the two architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier and the former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. The Julia Gillard "misogyny" speech was originally composed for choir, and is here arranged for piano. The pianist synchronises closely with the melodies and rhythms of the speeches, seen on video.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Solo piano and video.

Difficulty: Advanced — Playing sychronised with video using an in-ear click track

Commission note: Commissioned by Sonya Lifschitz.

First performance: by Sonya Lifschitz at Crashing Through Fences (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon) on 14 May 2016

Performances of this work

2 Oct 2016: at Sonya Lifschitz Piano Recital (fortyfivedownstairs). Featuring Sonya Lifschitz.

14 May 2016: at Crashing Through Fences (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Sonya Lifschitz.

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