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Duo-charged : for violin and piano

by Peter McNamara (2006)

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Performance by Fiona Ziegler, David Miller from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Duo-charged : for violin and piano / Peter McNamara.

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Work Overview

Duo-Charged was written as part of the composer-in-residence project the composer completed with the Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney, 2006. The version for cello and piano was completed in 2009 for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Centenary Competition, but was originally written for violin and piano.

As the title suggests, this short piece is very intense and 'charged.' This intensity mostly revolves around the very rigid rhythms of the first and last sections. The pitch material of the work is largely based on pitches found in the harmonic series with many of the piano chord shapes using equal tempered partials of the fundamentals. This is also largely the case with the Cello pitches, however there are often quartertonal glissandi used by the Cello as a 'smearing' effect.

As a contrast to the very rhythmically strict first section, the second is unmeasured and very free. Musical events in this section are outlined by an approximate length in seconds. The third and last section of the work sees a gradual return to the rigid and intense material of the first but with further development of the material and a final climax.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre.. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

First performance: by Fiona Ziegler, David Miller — Dec 06.

The composer cites the following influence on this work:  Indeterminate Music


Performances of this work

4 May 10: Eugene Goossens Halls ABC Sydney, ISCM World New Music Days Festival. Featuring Timo-Veikko Valve, Bernadette Balkus.

9 Dec 06: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. Featuring Fiona Ziegler, David Miller.

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