Toccata DNA : trio for flute, percussion and piano
by Michael Kieran Harvey (1993)
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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).
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
Commission note: Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society.
Performances of this work
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.
14 Feb 93: Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
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