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The Birthday party (solo piano)

by Quentin Grant (2008)

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Performance by Kristian Chong from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 16

Library shelf no. CD 2273 [Available for loan]

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The birthday party : for solo piano / by Quentin S.D. Grant

Library shelf no. 786.2/GRA 22 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

At times I will draw on music that I have written for the concert stage to use for my work in the theatre. But here is the first time that the reverse has occurred. The music that this set of little pieces has been built from was written for a production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party in 2007. In common with Schumann's Kinderszenen they look back nostalgically to the 'golden days' of childhood, although maybe through a more warped and melancholic lens.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written in a tonal style, influenced by the British composer Howard Skempton


Performances of this work

23 Aug 2009: at Soundstream: The Firm Concert 3 (Pilgrim Church).

1 Sep 08: Pilgrim Church, Adelaide. Featuring Kristian Chong.

2008: featuring Kristian Chong.

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