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AK-47 : for piano (with optional electronic bass drum)

by Matthew Hindson (1994)

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Performance by Simon Docking from the CD Arc of light

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Arc of light : music of Australian composers.

Library shelf no. CD 230 [Available for loan]


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AK-47 : for piano / by Matthew Hindson

Library shelf no. Q 786.2/HIN 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

'Indeed, one may only ponder what Kalishnikov himself would make of that magnum opus of stertorous borborygms, Matthew Hindson's AK-47, a piano solo composed in 1994 (with optional electronic bass drum). Whilst it is still rare that art works are named after implements of destruction, in this case the title seems eminently suitable. From the outset, there is no doubt as to the work's intention - and hence it continues, including everything from intensely vicious and overbearing violence to what could only be the psychotically nostalgic pinings of a Bosnian (or possibly Serbian) freedom fighter, one day too long in the field… But like a Patriot missile gone wrong, AK-47 does not in any way capture Kalishnikov's original dream - no, only the the warped postures of those who find this invention a most suitable implement with which to enable their dreams and fantasies.'

From: "Masters and Mistresses Post-Modern: The Penetration Metaphor and New Life Post-Millenia", by Jean-Luc Napoleon III, 1994.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Piano, optional electronic bass drum with foot pedal.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — L.Mus.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Simon Docking

Written for: Simon Docking

First performance: by Simon Docking — 14 Aug 94. Old Darlington School, Sydney


Program note: Matthew Hindson's "AK-47"
by Matthew Hindson
Source: the score of this work

Performances of this work

3 Aug 2017: at AFCM 2017: Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 4 (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Jayson Gillham.

2 Aug 2009: at Lyrebird Music Society Concert: Piano Recital (St Peter's Parish Hall). Featuring Jayson Gillham.

14 Aug 94: Old Darlington School, Sydney. Featuring Simon Docking.

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