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The ride of the little star : for solo piano

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2014)

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Audio Sample

Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD 70 More Variations on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Work Overview

Written in response to Julian Yu's call for short compositions based on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", and to the use of 20 million dollars of taxpayer's money to fund Wagner's Ring.

"Suffering another powerful migraine, Dick Wagner sees a little yellow Jewish star. He tries to flatten it with his fat Valkyries, smite it with a Tristan chord nicked from his faithful friend Ferenc, cow it into submission with his maniacal will to power, his turgid chromaticism, but the little star survives. Dick is reduced to apologising. Poor little Dick. Brave little Jewish star."

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 1 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Suits advanced student - requires good coordination and finger independence

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Yu.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 29 Oct 15. Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle NSW

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Slonimsky's minitudes, Ligeti's Musica Ricercata, Bartók's Mikrokosmos.

Performances of this work

19 Nov 2015: at Michael Kieran Harvey (Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music - University of Tasmania). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

29 Oct 15: Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle NSW. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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