Stalin's Piano : Voice portraits of artists and politicians
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.
Instrumentation: Piano, video.
Duration: 70 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Synchronisation with video
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.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Sonya Lifschitz
Commission note: Commissioned by Canberra International Music Festival.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
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
Awards & Prizes
|2019||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Finalist||Robert Davidson|
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