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Duo for Viola and Piano : viola with piano

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2019)

Duo for Viola and Piano


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Duo for Viola and Piano / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. 787.3/HAR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This duo is inspired both by the unique playing and virtuosity of Dr Phoebe Green, and the monumental architecture of MONA, Hobart. Beginning with a ripping of the sound-world of the two instruments, an implacable rhythmic dialogue is established based on an eleven note row. This reflects the multiple layers of sandstone and man-made scarring, buttressing, gouging and filling in the basement entrance to MONA. The music is similarly gouged, disrupted and discontinuous, with both instruments crashing together and splintering off as if in a violent relationship. There is a brief respite in the central section, where a more lyrical mood is explored by the viola against a sparse piano climate, before a return to the opening mood, and a coda that recalls the eleven note row in a resigned solo viola non sequitur. The work is dedicated to Dr Phoebe Green.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Viola, piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic writing, high ensemble synchronisation required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Phoebe Green

Commission note: Commissioned by Phoebe Green.

First performance: by Phoebe Green, Michael Kieran Harvey — 23 Nov 19. MONA, TAS

The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Obouhow, Slonimsky, Becker.

Performances of this work

24 Nov 2019: at FORUM - Ancestress (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)). Featuring Phoebe Green, Michael Kieran Harvey.

23 Nov 19: MONA, TAS. Featuring Phoebe Green, Michael Kieran Harvey.

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