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Three magic pieces : for cello and piano

by Alicia Grant (2006)

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Three magic pieces : for cello and piano / Alicia Grant.

Library shelf no. 787.4/GRA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

I. Twelfthly Conjure

The imaginative conjuring up of thematic material twelve times evokes musically the idea of a magic ritual.

II. Night Spell

The piano's unceasing stream of repeated semiquavers creates a hypnotic surface upon which the cello's singing line sways about in a dream-like fashion. The vocal melody of the cello constantly evolves in shape and register, gathering momentum and tension, as if casting a spell.

III. The Exile of Paracelsus

The melancholic melody is inspired by the wanderings of Swiss-born Renaissance physician and alchemist, Paracelsus (1493-1541). Angering his conservative colleagues, he rejected the prevailing classical traditions of taught medicine and was forced to live a life 'in exile'. Constantly journeying from place to place, he was called by some Lutherus medicorum, the Luther of physicians. He believed that the virtue of alchemy lay in its potential to cure disease rather than forge gold, and he is recognised today as a precursor to modern pharmacology. Paracelsus died a modest itinerant. 'A restless wanderer for whom the earth was but a place of sorrow - such is the figure of Paracelsus as he is known to us', stated the psychologist Jolande Jacobi.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Twelfthly Conjure -- Night Spell -- The Exile of Paracelsus.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jeremy Eskenazi, Oliver Coates

Commission note: Commissioned by Oliver Coates.

First performance: by Oliver Coates, Jeremy Eskenazi — 29 Apr 06. Kent College Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Performances of this work

27 Nov 2013: at Sonic Alchemy (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Jeremy Eskenazi, Thomas Rann.

9 Sep 12.

8 Sep 2012: at Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music 2012 (Tyalgum Hall).

4 May 2010: at Bliss and Transfiguration (Eugene Goossens Hall). Featuring David Pereira, Timothy Young.

9 May 06: Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK. Featuring Oliver Coates, Jeremy Eskenazi.

29 Apr 06: Kent College Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, UK. Featuring Jeremy Eskenazi, Oliver Coates.

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