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Ariel : for timpani and piano

by Eve Duncan (1997)

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Performance by Danae Killian, Peter Neville from the CD Curiosities

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Curiosities / chamber music by Eve Duncan

Library shelf no. CD 1967 [Available for loan]



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Work Overview

Ariel is based upon a poem by Sylvia Plath. The music aims to explore the richness, violence and power of the experience of the as yet unborn human travelling towards life on earth. The disparate texture of timpani and piano create an expressive antipathy, one that aims to be a propelling motion that represents the necessity for action and movement that is a part of this remarkable time.

I imagined the timpani to be a kind of guardian of the cosmos, summoning a child to their awaiting life. The piano takes the role of the child who has no choice but to undertake this journey as all is in motion.

It is also an image of transformative experience.

Ariel was commissioned by Australian pianist Danae Killian as part of a series of works based on Sylvia Plath's poems. It was selected for the 1999 ISCM World Music Days Festival, Romania.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Timpani, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: for Nan Bedggood

Commission note: Commissioned by Danae Killian.

First performance: by Danae Killian, Peter Neville — 15 Feb 98. Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne.


Performances of this work

2 Sep 2016: at Duos Concert (The Playhouse, WSU Penrith). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Timothy Phillips.

1 Oct 99: ISCM World Music Days Festival, Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. Featuring Andrei Podlacha, Lucien Voroneau.

22 Feb 98: Eurythmy Room, Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, Warranwood, Melbourne. Featuring Danae Killian, Peter Neville.

15 Feb 98: Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne.. Featuring Peter Neville, Danae Killian.

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