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...out of obscurity : for extended piano

by Elliott Gyger (2011)

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Performance by Zubin Kanga from the CD Piano inside out

Piano inside out


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Piano inside out / Zubin Kanga.

Library shelf no. CD 2651 [Not for loan]

...out of obscurity


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...out of obscurity : for extended piano / by Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. 786.2/GYG 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

… out of obscurity conjures forth music from the hidden spaces between things - common notes linking large chords, interference patterns generated by polyrhythmic layering, and combinations of piano sonorities, both conventional and unconventional.
The piece unfolds as a kaleidoscopic chain of brief overlapping sections, grouped into two distinct phases. The first phase forces diverse materials together with constant swirling energy, creating maximal timbral variety within the piano's middle register. The introduction of sonorous low bass notes triggers the open spaces of the second phase, which explores contrasting qualities of resonance - both acoustic and expressive.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Piano. The piece uses extended techniques, including: preparation, wedging of the sostenuto pedal, and plucking, striking and scraping the strings.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.

First performance: by Zubin Kanga at Piano: Inside/Out (Canberra) (RR3, ANU School of Music) on 22 Jul 2011

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Elliott Gyger


Resonate article: Inside composer-performer collaboration by Zubin Kanga

Resonate article: 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

18 Nov 2011: at Generations (Sydney Grammar School). Featuring Zubin Kanga.

29 Jul 2011: at Zubin Kanga in recital (South Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring Zubin Kanga.

24 Jul 2011: at Piano: Inside/Out (Newcastle) (Stuart & Sons Showroom (Newcastle)). Featuring Zubin Kanga.

22 Jul 2011: at Piano: Inside/Out (Canberra) (RR3, ANU School of Music). Featuring Zubin Kanga.

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