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Inferno : after Dante

by Elliott Gyger (2013)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Inferno



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Inferno : (after Dante) for solo piano / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. 786.2/GYG 4 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

An hour-long cycle of etudes for piano based on Dante's vision of Hell. Powerfully expressive gestures are imprisoned within tightly controlled structures, creating tableaux of virtuosity and damnation influenced by, among others, Liszt, Messiaen, Carter, Ligeti and Birtwistle.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 55 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Prelude: The Gates of Hell -- Interlude I: Acheron (the river of water) -- Etude I: The First Circle (Limbo - the unbaptised) -- Etude II: The Second Circle (the lustful) -- Etude III: The Third Circle (the gluttonous) -- Etude IV: The Fourth Circle (the miserly and the prodigal) -- Interlude II: Styx (the river of mud) -- Etude V: The Fifth Circle (the wrathful and the slothful) -- Etude VI: The Sixth Circle (the heretics) -- Interlude III: Phlegethon (the river of boiling blood) -- Etude VII: The Seventh Circle (the three rings of violence) -- Etude VIII: The Eighth Circle (the ten trenches of fraud) -- Etude IX: The Ninth Circle (the traitors) -- Interlude IV: Cocytus (the river of ice) -- Postlude: the stars.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey at Carriageworks presents - Michael Kieran Harvey (Carriageworks) on 19 Jul 2013

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2014 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Elliott Gyger


Performances of this work

10 Dec 2018: at Ancestry: Gluck to Gyger (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Peter de Jager.

11 Aug 2013: at THNMF - A Celebration of New Australian Piano Music (Government House Ballroom, Perth). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

19 Jul 2013: at Carriageworks presents - Michael Kieran Harvey (Carriageworks). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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