Deus est fabula : trio for piano, B flat clarinet and violin
by Michael Kieran Harvey (2014)
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Deus est Fabula (vale Jon Lord)
"Deus est fabula" was commissioned by the Plexus trio (Philip Arkinstall, clarinet, Monica Curro, violin and Stefan Cassomenos, piano) for the MSO/Melbourne Recital Centre's 2014 Metropolis series, based around the theme of mythology. Derived from the word Deus (D + Es) the trio is structured on the first seven prime numbers.
The first record I ever bought was Machinehead by Deep Purple. I was eleven years old and Jon Lord's keyboard playing in this group blew me away, opening my ears to an eclectic musical universe. In a strange way Deep Purple led me back to appreciating anew contemporary classical music. In 2003 I had the great honour of premiering Jon Lord's one and only Piano Concerto "Boom of the Tingling Strings" in Luxembourg and Brisbane in his presence. He was a modest and warm human being, and a highly intelligent musician. He died last year and I salute him. Lord is another word for Deus. This trio seeks to capture some of the energy and surprise of Lord's keyboard playing. (Michael Kieran Harvey, Hobart 22/1/2014)
Instrumentation: Piano, B flat clarinet, violin.
Duration: 15 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging, extended techniques, high ensemble synchronicity required
Contents note: 1. Credulità con rubato (Credulously, with rubato) ; 2. Moderato espressivo ; 3. Ossessionato (Obsessed) ; 4. Impietosamente (Mercilessly).
Dedication note: vale Jon Lord
Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.. Commissioned for the MSO/Melbourne Recital Centre's 2014 Metropolis series
- Inspired by: Popular music
Performances of this work
12 Nov 2017: at Nachgebaute Ruinen (Stanley Burbury Theatre).
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