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PRTZL : for two opposing keyboards

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2018)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 106.

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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

This work is a whimsical physical exploration of Max Weber's notion of the "iron cage" of capitalism, where the keyboard player is tied up in knots trying to find a way out of the configuration of opposing keyboards. Needless to say, an exit is not found; the music simply stops abruptly.

PRTZL is dedicated to Craig Mackie, a refugee advocate, barrister and solicitor based in Hobart, who represented Astro Labe. This piece is the companion piece to Astro Labe, Coeur de Lion (2018), and was premiered at Mona, Hobart on 17/11/2018.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Grand piano, electric piano, drum sequencer or drum machine.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic, some multi tasking required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Craig Mackie

Commission note: Commissioned by Museum of Old and New Art.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)) on 17 Nov 2018

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Electro-acoustic conceptual music.

Performances of this work

17 Nov 2018: at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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