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Hommage : (à Pierre Boulez)

by Simon Reade (2016)



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Hommage / Simon Reade.

Library shelf no. 786.2/REA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In 1997 I composed my first piano sonata (initially titled Sonate) under the sway of the late great French composer, Pierre Boulez.

The work is rather eclectic - it would have found no favour with Boulez. In the last movement, however, I made reference to the first Notation for piano by Boulez as a mark of respect to the composer.

In January 2016, on hearing the news of the composer's death, I decided to revisit this last movement of my sonata and expand it In Memoriam.

The first half of the movement was freely atonal and has now been expanded through the juxtaposition of the original simple motifs with a plain, almost minimalist presentation of the 12 note row from Notation I.

The second half, which used elements of Notation I as a framework for my own 12 note row (used in composing my piano sonata), is expanded in the same way Boulez expanded his own orchestral Notations, a process he referred to as "proliferation": flowering out in all directions harmonically, rhythmically and structurally. The orchestral Notations is a work close to my heart, not least because it was the one time I saw Boulez conduct live - in 2009 with the Berliner Philharmonie.

I hope by expanding this movement to have created an appropriate monument to Boulez - very much now in my own style, however with a sophistication I hope does some justice in fulfilling the need for such an auspicious Hommage.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Michael Kieran Harvey

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 28 Jun 16. Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall, Hobart

Performances of this work

28 Jun 16: Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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