...out of obscurity : for extended piano
by Elliott Gyger (2011)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/GYG 3 [Available for loan]
… out of obscurity conjures forth music from the hidden
spaces between things - common notes linking large chords,
interference patterns generated by polyrhythmic layering, and
combinations of piano sonorities, both conventional and
The piece unfolds as a kaleidoscopic chain of brief overlapping sections, grouped into two distinct phases. The first phase forces diverse materials together with constant swirling energy, creating maximal timbral variety within the piano's middle register. The introduction of sonorous low bass notes triggers the open spaces of the second phase, which explores contrasting qualities of resonance - both acoustic and expressive.
Instrumentation: Piano. The piece uses extended techniques, including: preparation, wedging of the sostenuto pedal, and plucking, striking and scraping the strings.
Duration: 10 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.
Awards & Prizes
|Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental
Resonate article: Inside composer-performer collaboration by Zubin Kanga
Resonate article: 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
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