Gestalt Climate : for two pianos
by Michael Kieran Harvey (2019)
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Two independent works combine to suggest a menacing analogy of climate catastrophe. Piano one plays a freely-interrupted version of, in this case, my Module Fugue, while piano two responds with a scaffolding of the aggregate material from the same work, performed implacably against the piano one interruptions. While the individual parts are interdependent, when combined they create a new whole which is greater than the parts, a feature of the concept of gestalt "prägnanz". In this way, the analogy is drawn between the interference of humans with natural climate processes, producing an outcome of awe-inspiring and unpredictable consequences.
Instrumentation: 2 pianos.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic writing, high ensemble synchronisation and improvising skill required
Commission note: Commissioned by Clocked Out.
- Has as subject/About: Environmental themes
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