Indie Ditties : twelve scapes for piano
by Nicholas Vines (2017)
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Performance by Eric Rong from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 81
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Indie Ditties is essentially a book of preludes for piano in the classical tradition, with twelve movements, each in a different 'key'. Like Debussy, the notion of key is substituted for a space with a specific tonal centre, around which a variety of scales, modes et al are explored. Like Chopin or J.S.Bach, these tonal centres are organised in a strict pattern; in this case, based on thirds.
The overarching title refers to ideas, objects, situations, etc. - twelve 'scapes', each of which has its own title - which reflect the now familiar phenomenon of indie/ alternative/ hipster culture. My take on it is complex: part fascination, part affection, part puzzlement and part satire. It's probably mostly the last, but like with hipsterdom itself, an exact stance is hard to articulate…
Some effort has gone into designing Indie Ditties to be performed as a complete or partial cycle. Nevertheless, as the work was written with NSW HSC performance requirements in mind, each movement stands well on its own.
Duration: 45 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Suitable for HSC performance; movements range from AMEB Grade 6 to LMus
Contents note: I. Grease on the Handlebars -- II. organic, VG , free trade -- III. Bad Appletude -- IV. 20/20 frames -- V. HRH Prince Albert -- VI. … my love is like a dead, dead pose… -- VII. Crucifixie -- VIII. skinny, skinny jeans -- IX. … and the freaks shall inherit the earth… -- X. Bob Springmones Holed My Pink Stones -- XI. Microbrew IV -- XII. Too Much Ink.
First performance: by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough — 30 Mar 17. Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA
Resonate article: Insight: Hipster Zombies from Mars by Nicholas Vines
- In the form/style of: Preludes
Performances of this work
5 Apr 17: Leighton Concert Hall, The University of Notre Dame IN, USA. Featuring Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.
30 Mar 17: Barnes Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA. Featuring Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.
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