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Gestalt Climate : for two pianos

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2019)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey, Arabella Teniswood-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]

Gestalt Climate


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Gestalt Climate : for two pianos / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. 785.6212/HAR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Two independent works combine to suggest a menacing analogy of climate catastrophe. Piano one plays a freely-interrupted version of, in this case, my Module Fugue, while piano two responds with a scaffolding of the aggregate material from the same work, performed implacably against the piano one interruptions. While the individual parts are interdependent, when combined they create a new whole which is greater than the parts, a feature of the concept of gestalt "pr├Ągnanz". In this way, the analogy is drawn between the interference of humans with natural climate processes, producing an outcome of awe-inspiring and unpredictable consequences.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 2 pianos.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic writing, high ensemble synchronisation and improvising skill required

Commission note: Commissioned by Clocked Out.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey, Arabella Teniswood-Harvey — 3 May 19. Griffith Conservatorium, Brisbane


Performances of this work

3 May 19: Griffith Conservatorium, Brisbane. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Arabella Teniswood-Harvey.

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