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Piano sonata no. 3 : "Aporia" (solo piano)

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2016)

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Aporia : Michael Kieran Harvey Collection / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 2886 [Not for loan]

Piano sonata no. 3


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Piano sonata no. 3 : "Aporia" / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. 786.2183/HAR 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work was commissioned by Graeme Lee for his wife Margaret. It was written with deepest gratitude for them from December 2015 until January 2016. Trams run outside their home in central Melbourne where I lived for a while. The noise of the wheels formed terrifying harmonics and chaotic rhythms. The harmonic series and its inversion (stated at the beginning) form the basis of the work - all pitch and durational material is freely derived from this sequence. The sonata explores the concept of aporia, which is a state of bewilderment, of not being sure of the way forward. This is expressed by the interplay between intuitive and systematized writing.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuoso technique required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Graeme and Margaret Lee

Commission note: Commissioned by Graeme Lee for his wife Margaret.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey at City of Snakes (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre) on 20 May 2016

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc assocaited with this work:
Rudhyar, Ligeti, Carter, Sepultura


Performances of this work

28 Jun 2016: at Meditation (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

20 May 2016: at City of Snakes (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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