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Piano Sonata #7 : 'The Sparrow and The Mead Hall' (solo piano)

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2021)

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Sparrow and the Mead Hall


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The Sparrow and the Mead Hall / Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 3303 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo (I was not, I was, I am not, I care not), Epicurus BCE 341-270. This maxim forms the structure and materials of the sonata. No more sensible reasoning towards the fear of death has ever been articulated. The maxim has been likened to the allegory of the sparrow flying into a noisy, brightly-lit mead hall at night and out the other side.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Highly virtuosic

Contents note: I. Non fui -- II. Fui -- III. Non sum -- IV. Non curo.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Mary Pridmore

Commission note: Commissioned by Mary Pridmore

First performance: at Michael Kieran Harvey's 60th Birthday Bash (Nolan Gallery, MONA) on 7 Jul 2021

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Sitsky major piano cycles (Way of the Seeker, Dimensions of Night)


Performances of this work

4 Nov 22: Hadleys Hotel, Hobart

7 Jul 2021: at Michael Kieran Harvey's 60th Birthday Bash (Nolan Gallery, MONA).

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