Dimensions of night : 10 pieces for solo piano
by Larry Sitsky (2008)
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Dimensions of night : an epic piano odyssey of ancient mythologies by Larry Sitsky / Michael Kieran Harvey (piano).
Library shelf no. CD 2001 [Available for loan]
Library shelf no. 786.2/SIT 14 [Not for loan]
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After Michael Kieran Harvey premiered my Symphony for Piano and
Orchestra, we discussed my writing a new work especially for him.
Jokingly, and keeping in mind Michael's special brand of fiery
virtuosity, I suggested composing a book of quiet, reflective
Nocturnes. Michael, however, took the light-hearted suggestion
seriously, and pointed out to me that 'nocturnes' were simply
'night pieces'. From that remark came the notion of a huge cycle
of ten pieces, which could be performed separately, but were also
part of a linked series of pieces, with cross references and
I see no point in 'explaining' the titles, which come from a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds. Those listeners who are intrigued by them can easily research the references. Others may choose to ignore the titles completely, with no loss of musical understanding. The over-all title comes from Gwen Harwood's wonderful libretto for my first opera Fall of the House of Usher.
Duration: 80 min.
Contents note: Chant of Gatha Ushtavaiti -- Ra sails the Mesektet barque -- Thoh -- Mara -- Sitra achre -- Eros -- Chant ceremony of the Yei Gods -- Lord of the smoking mirror -- The chaos of Aesiod -- Devekut.
Commission note: Commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey.
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