Microbrew IV : Movt XI of 'Indie Ditties', for piano
by Nicholas Vines (2017)
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Hipster Zombies from Mars : piano music for a post-ironic age / Nicholas Vines, composer ; Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano.
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Movement XI of Indie Ditties.
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: 5 min.
- In the form/style of: Preludes
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