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Deus est fabula : trio for piano, B flat clarinet and violin

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2014)

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Performance by Derek Grice, Tara Murphy, Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD PRTZL

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PRTZL / chamber works composed by Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 3081 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

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)

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piano, clarinet in B flat, violin.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging, extended techniques, high ensemble synchronicity required

Contents note: I. Credulità con rubato (Credulously, with rubato) -- II. Moderato espressivo -- III. Ossessionato (Obsessed) ; IV. Impietosamente (Mercilessly).

Dedication note: vale Jon Lord

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.. Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble. Commissioned for the MSO/Melbourne Recital Centre's 2014 Metropolis series

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble at Pantheon (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon) on 2 Apr 2014


Performances of this work

12 Nov 17: Stanley Burbury Theatre, TAS. Featuring Derek Grice, Tara Murphy, Michael Kieran Harvey.

12 Nov 2017: at Nachgebaute Ruinen (Stanley Burbury Theatre).

2 Apr 2014: at Pantheon (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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