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Catharsis : piano quintet

by Andrew Batt-Rawden (2015)

Audio Sample

Performance by Australia Piano Quartet from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 138.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 138.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 138.

Library shelf no. CD 3220 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The work was written in grief for a friend suffering through terminal cancer. As such I wanted to write gestures that expressed my feelings, but also explore the literalism of emotion setting tempo through heartbeat. This work uses the live heartrates of two of the performing musicians as a clicktrack to set tempo.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Violin, viola, cello, piano, heartrate monitors. A technologist will be required in the realisation of this work.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — the tempo fluctuates based on the live heartrate of the performers, and the middle section has 2 dynamic tempi at once

Commission note: Commissioned by Australia Piano Quartet.

First performance: by Australia Piano Quartet — 5 Nov 15. University of Technology, Sydney

Performances of this work

5 Nov 15: University of Technology, Sydney. Featuring Australia Piano Quartet.

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