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Indie Ditties : twelve scapes for piano

by Nicholas Vines (2017)

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Performance by Eric Rong from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 81

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 81 / Works by Nicholas Vines.

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Work Overview

Indie Ditties is essentially a book of preludes for piano in the classical tradition, with twelve movements, each in a different 'key'. Like Debussy, the notion of key is substituted for a space with a specific tonal centre, around which a variety of scales, modes et al are explored. Like Chopin or J.S.Bach, these tonal centres are organised in a strict pattern; in this case, based on thirds.

The overarching title refers to ideas, objects, situations, etc. - twelve 'scapes', each of which has its own title - which reflect the now familiar phenomenon of indie/ alternative/ hipster culture. My take on it is complex: part fascination, part affection, part puzzlement and part satire. It's probably mostly the last, but like with hipsterdom itself, an exact stance is hard to articulateā€¦

Some effort has gone into designing Indie Ditties to be performed as a complete or partial cycle. Nevertheless, as the work was written with NSW HSC performance requirements in mind, each movement stands well on its own.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Pianoforte.

Duration: 45 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Suitable for HSC performance; movements range from AMEB Grade 6 to LMus

Contents note: I. Grease on the Handlebars -- II. organic, VG , free trade -- III. Bad Appletude -- IV. 20/20 frames -- V. HRH Prince Albert -- VI. … my love is like a dead, dead pose… -- VII. Crucifixie -- VIII. skinny, skinny jeans -- IX. … and the freaks shall inherit the earth… -- X. Bob Springmones Holed My Pink Stones -- XI. Microbrew IV -- XII. Too Much Ink.

First performance: by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough — 30 Mar 17. Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA


Resonate article: Insight: Hipster Zombies from Mars by Nicholas Vines


Performances of this work

28 Aug 2021: at Indie Ditties (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Rob Hao.

5 Apr 17: Leighton Concert Hall, The University of Notre Dame IN, USA. Featuring Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.

30 Mar 17: Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA. Featuring Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.

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