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Filigrees I (solo piano)

by Gerald Glynn (1981)

Filigrees I


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Filigrees I : for piano / Gerald Glynn.

Library shelf no. Q 786.2/GLY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The word filigree usually refers to finely wrought metalwork of a decorative, ornamental nature. It occurred to me that it could also be used for the intricate patterns and repeated motifs that can be seen in the palaces, mosques and monuments of southern Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, India and Pakistan. From there, it was only a short step to apply the ideas of patterning, repetition and variation to the keyboard of the contemporary piano - hence the repeated, but varied treatment of the motifs, figures and phrases that constitute Filigrees 1. Towards the conclusion there is a simplification, a ritardando, a decrescendo, and the ending can be heard as the slowing down of two clocks or metronomes that, having run their course, subside and recede into a final silence.

Work Details

Year: 1981

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Vaila Mead with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Natalia Cohen — 5 Nov 82. Chatswood Civic Centre, Sydney

Performances of this work

29 Jan 00: Glynn Retrospective Concert, Alte Schmiede, Vienna. Featuring Ursula Kneihs.

9 Sep 90: Sydney University, "New Directions, State of Play" Festival. Featuring Sally Mays.

29 Nov 82: Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Natalia Cohen.

5 Nov 82: Chatswood Civic Centre, Sydney. Featuring Natalia Cohen.

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