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Pulse magnet (quartets: percussion, 3 pianos)

by Matthew Hindson (2001, this version: 2003)

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Performance by Bernadette Harvey, Caroline Almonte, William Chen, Philip South from the CD Short cuts: 10.

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Pulse magnet : for two pianos and two percussion / Matthew Hindson.

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Work Overview

There were two initial points of inspiration behind the composition of this piece. Firstly, I was interested in writing a work that made use of a constant pulse. This pulse continues throughout most of the composition, though at different speeds for different sections. Hence the "pulse" in the title.
Secondly, the four instrumentalists either work together as a team, or else in opposition. Just as a pair of magnets attract or repulse one another, so the musicians come together or move apart. This particularly applies to the pianists working in opposition to the percussionists.
Pulse Magnet contains three sections. The opening and closing sections are energetic in character, relentlessly bubbling or pounding along. The middle section is more quiet and reserved in tone.

Work Details

Year: 2001, this version: 2003

Instrumentation: 3 pianos, percussion.

Duration: 5 min.

This arrangement made by Julie Symonds

Performances of this work

7 Sep 14: New York Chamber Music Festival, Symphony Space New York. Featuring Duncan Patton, Gregory Zuber, Ami Roge, Pascal Roge.

10 Aug 13: Festival de Musique de Cimiez, Nice, France

17 Jun 03: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Philip South, Bernadette Harvey, Caroline Almonte, William Chen.

2002: featuring Timothy Phillips, Michael Kieran Harvey, Philip South, Bernadette Harvey.

9 Nov 01: The Studio, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Australian Virtuosi.

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