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three kinds of silence : for piano trio

by Christine McCombe (2013)

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Performance by Marianne Rothschild, Rosanne Hunt, Glenn Riddle from the CD three kinds of silence

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three kinds of silence / Christine McCombe.

Library shelf no. CD 2959 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The initial idea for this work came after reading an essay by Thomas Clifton entitled 'The Poetics of Musical Silence' (Musical Quarterly, April 1976). I found Clifton's discussion of the different qualities of musical silence both enlightening and thought provoking. Silence is such an essential element of music but often discussion or analysis of music focuses on the 'notes' rather than the spaces between them. Musical silence affects how we experience time and space in music - and ultimately how we make sense of what we hear. This piece aims to explore three kinds of silence in music.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. time, interrupted -- II. felt but not heard -- III. possibility and ending.

Commission note: Commissioned by Artisan Trio.

First performance: by Artisan Trio — 19 Mar 13. St Andrews and St George's Church, Edinburgh, UK


Resonate article: Insight: Accepting Silence by Christine McCombe

Performances of this work

22 Sep 2016: at Three Kinds of Silence - CD Fundraiser (Melba Hall).

Nov 14: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Sutherland Trio.

19 Mar 13: St Andrews and St George's Church, Edinburgh, UK. Featuring Artisan Trio.

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