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The Fourth Estate : for grand piano, 2 ebows, 2 a.m radios

by Cat Hope (2014)

Work Overview

The Fourth Estate is a societal, political or institutional force whose influence is not officially recognised, and is a term often used to refer to the press. Its original use relates to the three estates of the realm: clergy, nobility and commoners. Australia in particular has seen just how powerful 'unofficial' voices can be, through monopolisation of the media, editorialised media reporting and political bias. The Fourth Estate is a work that compares the sonoric qualities of the piano with those of small electronic devices that extend and contrast with it. Small voices that have the ability to change everything. As the Fourth Estate is thought to be an element of society 'outside' official recognition, here the electronics attempt to pull the piano into a different sound world outside its usual realm.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piano, live electronics.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.

First performance: by Zubin Kanga, Benjamin Carey at DARK TWIN (Melbourne Recital Centre) on 8 May 2015


Performances of this work

22 May 2015: at DARK TWIN (Art Gallery of Western Australia). Featuring Zubin Kanga, Benjamin Carey.

9 May 2015: at DARK TWIN (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Zubin Kanga, Benjamin Carey.

8 May 2015: at DARK TWIN (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Zubin Kanga, Benjamin Carey.

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