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Studies for modern times : for solo piano

by Tom Henry (2005)

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Light in dark : works for solo piano / Tom Henry, Jennifer Enchelmaier

Library shelf no. CD 3285 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Looking back, the first and third of my Studies for modern times are a kind of purging of the pop culture influences of my youth. As a Gen X, both 'Pop Song' and 'Film Theme' reference pastel jumpsuits, big hair, synthesizers (and quite possibly keytars) and the ubiquitous sax solo.

The second study, April 2005, couldn't be more different. It was written following the death of Pope John Paul II. As I am not formally religious, let alone Roman Catholic, I've often wondered why this event inspired me to write a piece. I think it was simply that during that month it seemed that for a brief moment the world was concerned with spiritual matters. Watching the TV news at the time, I found all this very powerful and strange; the sound of the bells of St Peters and the smoke signalling the election of a new Pope seemed to point to a lost spiritual age.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium — As a set, about AMEB Grade 8. Individually: 1 = 7th grade, 2 = 7th grade, 3 = 7th grade

Contents note: 1. Pop song -- 2. April 2005 -- 3. Film theme.

Performances of this work

Aug 09: Christchurch, South Yarra, Melbourne

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