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Toccata DNA : trio for flute, percussion and piano

by Michael Kieran Harvey (1993)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Neville, Peter Sheridan 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

The title refers to the chain of nucleic acids that pass on instructions for hereditary characteristics in animals. Slight changes in the double helix have profound consequences; similarly the pitch material in the Toccata metamorphoses in character, while retaining its basic interrelationships. The first section is inspired by the Art of Fugue as realized by the German organist Gerd Zacher, where he subjects Bach's fugue to various modern compositional treatments. The second section is influenced by the Berlin-based group Einstuerzende Neubauten (Collapsing Buildings), in particular their song ZNS (Central Nervous System 1985).

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Flute, piano, percussion (glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, drum kit OR cowbell, snare drum, high tom tom, medium tom tom, low tom tom, bass drum). (Percussion can be played by one or more player).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuoso technique required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Mardi McSullea, Graeme Leak

Commission note: Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey, Mardi McSullea, Graeme Leak — 5 Jun 93. Studio A, Gore St, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Performances of this work

11 Oct 2023: at ANAM Recital: Po Goh (Abbotsford Convent). Featuring Po Goh.

13 Nov 2021: at An All-Australian Adventure (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Ronan Apcar.

22 Apr 2021: at ANAM Prizewinners Concert #1 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Jennifer Yu.

30 Sep 2018: at Elbow Room Festival (Montsalvat).

7 Jul 2016: at Sydney International Piano Competition: preliminaries (Verbrugghen Hall).

15 Oct 94: Kennedy Centre, Washington, USA.. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

5 Jun 93: Studio A, Gore St, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Featuring Graeme Leak, Mardi McSullea, Michael Kieran Harvey.

14 Feb 93: Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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