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In a close orbit : for solo piano

by Anthony Lyons (2011)

In a close orbit


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In a close orbit : for solo piano / Anthony Lyons.

Library shelf no. 786.2/LYO 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In a Close Orbit for solo piano began as a craft exercise inspired to some degree by Gy├Ârgy Ligeti's piano work White on White from his third book of piano preludes. Similarly to Ligeti's piece, In a Close Orbit uses only the white notes of the piano. The entire piece is built on of a recurring two-bar figure of only four notes (E, F, G, A). This left-hand structure was conceived as a fixed 'orbit' upon which right-hand melodic fragments would unfold contrapuntally against it. The title of In a Close Orbit seemed to capture a sense of the inner and outer worlds of the music that emerged - with the different orbits of the hands reflecting an ongoing interest of mine in the simultaneous layering of static and non-static materials.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Ballarat Writers' Centre, Bronwyn Blaiklock.. Was commissioned for the 2011 Pure Poetry Project.

First performance: at Pure Poetry Recital (Oddie Room, Art Gallery of Ballarat) on 21 May 2011

Performances of this work

9 Nov 2013: at Pure Poetry Project (Art Gallery of Ballarat).

21 May 2011: at Pure Poetry Recital (Oddie Room, Art Gallery of Ballarat).

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