In a close orbit : for solo piano
by Anthony Lyons (2011)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/LYO 2 [Available for loan]
In a Close Orbit for solo piano began as a craft exercise inspired to some degree by György 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.
Duration: 4 min.
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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