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Holding Masks (duos: 2 pianos)

by Paul Smith (2016)

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Performance by Paul Smith, Antonietta Loffredo from the CD New Music for Multiple Keyboards

New Music for Multiple Keyboards


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Holding Masks / Paul Smith.

Library shelf no. 785.6212/SMI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work expands the traditional piano duo by replacing one instrument with a toy piano. The work is a musical response to the novel Underground by Haruki Murakami which explores the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995. The piece is a reflection on the death toll of the population and the resilience of the victims and their families in the time after the attack. Throughout the piece, the toy piano depicts the vibrancy of the human spirit against the meditative and solemn piano part.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piano, 2-octave toy piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Antonietta Loffredo, Paul Smith — 8 Dec 16. Theme And Variations, Willoughby, Sydney

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Neoromantic, postminimalist, contemporary art music

Performances of this work

23 Nov 2019: at Toy ♪ Festival (Sharon Hall).

8 Mar 2019: at Composing Noosa Festival (Noosa Arts Theatre). Featuring Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney.

8 Dec 16: Theme And Variations, Willoughby, Sydney. Featuring Antonietta Loffredo, Paul Smith.

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