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Solace : piano trio

by Kirsten Milenko (2020)



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Solace / Kirsten Milenko.

Library shelf no. 785.2813/MIL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"The poets leave hell and again behold the stars." -- Dante

Solace considers the accelerated regenerative processes that follows extreme levels of fire and natural disaster. The material functions in orbits, presenting the multi-dimensional processes of regeneration that is one of both life and death, beginning and end. The first section details flames growing from ember to fire and the second, a slow process of ashfall.

The natural world was previously seen as a place of sanctitude and peace. Today, we experience a very different reality of our relationship with nature, often viewing the pre and early industrial eras with a sense of nostalgia. Today, there is a growing and expanding sense of apathy blooming globally as many environments are exploited, or forgotten, and eventually lost.

The ongoing and regenerative processes nature become a paramount point of focus during the wildfires in Australia in 2019-2020. As flame decays, a new cycle begins. The way in which we perceive multiple life cycles of environments in the same physical space is informed by the perspective we carry of the environment we find ourselves in. Solace asks the listener to meet the environment in a state of distress and destruction and asks the deeper question; do we perceive ourselves as guardians or owners of the natural world?

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Piano, violin, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: The piece is written in two sections. 

Dedication note: Dedicated to Trio Ismena

Commission note: Commissioned by Trio Ismena

First performance: 22 Jul 20. S√łbygaardkoncerterne, Denmark.

The composer notes the following influences, styles, genres etc associated with this work:
Nature, Destruction, Facelessness


Performances of this work

1 Sep 2022: at Australian Series (National Museum of Australia). Featuring CSO Chamber Players.

22 Jul 20: S√łbygaardkoncerterne, Denmark.

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