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Dimensions of night : 10 pieces for solo piano

by Larry Sitsky (2008)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Dimensions of night

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Dimensions of night : 10 pieces for solo piano / Larry Sitsky.

Library shelf no. 786.2/SIT 14 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

After Michael Kieran Harvey premiered my Symphony for Piano and Orchestra, we discussed my writing a new work especially for him. Jokingly, and keeping in mind Michael's special brand of fiery virtuosity, I suggested composing a book of quiet, reflective Nocturnes. Michael, however, took the light-hearted suggestion seriously, and pointed out to me that 'nocturnes' were simply 'night pieces'. From that remark came the notion of a huge cycle of ten pieces, which could be performed separately, but were also part of a linked series of pieces, with cross references and thematic connections.
I see no point in 'explaining' the titles, which come from a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds. Those listeners who are intrigued by them can easily research the references. Others may choose to ignore the titles completely, with no loss of musical understanding. The over-all title comes from Gwen Harwood's wonderful libretto for my first opera Fall of the House of Usher.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 80 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Chant of Gatha Ushtavaiti -- Ra sails the Mesektet barque -- Thoh -- Mara -- Sitra achre -- Eros -- Chant ceremony of the Yei Gods -- Lord of the smoking mirror -- The chaos of Aesiod -- Devekut.

Commission note: Commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey.

Performances of this work

31 Oct 2014: at Sitsky (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

12 Apr 2014: at Dichotomie (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Aura Go.

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