Music for piano, ascending and descending (solo piano)
by Jennifer Fowler (1980)
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The range of available notes on the piano, were formed into two scales (not repeating at the 8ve): an ascending scale and a descending scale. These scales were divided into sections of differing lengths, and during the piece, the music progresses from one of these sections to another. Only one section is ever used at any moment. If a section of the ascending scale is used, the music reflects this by being predominantly upward moving; and similarly if a section of the descending scale is used, the music is downward in emphasis.
Apart from the parameters of up and down, the piece uses contrasts of pace, dynamics, attack, rhythm and texture.
"Music for Piano - Ascending and Descending" is dedicated to Michael Finnissy, and was commissioned with funds made available by the Vaughan Williams Trust of Great Britain.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Finnissy
First performance: by Michael Finnissy — 8 Dec 80. British Music Information Centre, London, UK
Performances of this work
24 Feb 94: King's Hall, University of Newcastle on Tyne, UK. Featuring Kate Ryder.
Jul 92: Goldsmiths College, London UK. Featuring Kate Ryder.
4 Jun 92: British Information Centre, London, UK. Featuring Kate Ryder.
Mar 83: British Music Information Centre, London, UK. Featuring Michael Finnissy.
16 May 82: University of Melbourne. Featuring Michael Finnissy.
15 Aug 81: Sydney Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Featuring Anthony Fogg.
Aug 81: Sydney. Featuring Kate Ryder.
Jun 81: Bracknell, UK. Featuring Michael Finnissy.
8 Dec 80: British Music Information Centre, London, UK. Featuring Michael Finnissy.
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