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Sea-change, op. 32 : for piano

by Andrew Schultz (1987)

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Performance by Jenni Flemming from the CD Chamber music

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Chamber music / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. CD 277 [Available for loan]



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Sea-change : for piano / Andrew Schultz.

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Work Overview

It is hard to say the sea excites the imagination, without sounding clichéd. Yet its constant regeneration, its power and its myriad shapes, impressions and dramatic changes of colour are for me, overwhelming. The work has a simple shape of two peaks and a calm, but not settled, end. The piece is constructed from an initial impetus consisting of three slowly rotating harmonic sequences of different duration - one in the left hand and one in the right hand in bell-like chords and the other moving through the piano's mid-range as arpeggios; these sequences revolve around each other eventually enmeshing and evolving at key points in the work. Sea-Change was commissioned by Bernard Lanskey in 1987 with financial assistance from the Music Board of the Australia Council.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: for Bernard

Commission note: Commissioned by Bernard Lanskey with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Bernard Lanskey — Jun 87. Australia House, London


Article: Music and the meaning of water
by Andrew Schultz
Naxos Musicology International (2 May 2020)

Performances of this work

25 Mar 23: John Knowles Paine Hall, Harvard University,Cambridge MA, USA. Featuring Bernard Lanskey.

Sep 87: Music Auditorium, University of Wollongong. Featuring Bernard Lanskey.

Jun 87: Australia House, London . Featuring Bernard Lanskey.

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