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Paradox (solo piano)

by John Terry (2007)

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Performance by John Martin from the CD Another look at Autumn

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Paradox : piano solo / John Terry.

Library shelf no. 786.2/TER 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

There are two versions of Paradox. One is around 8'15" in length. The other version is 4'40".
Paradox is a composition in which various styles - at times somewhat contradictory - reveal themselves and result in subtly surprising changes of mood and meaning.
The work is at one level jazz-influenced. This feature may even be detected at the piece's outset. Here, a left-hand 'bluesy' ostinato feature is set up. However the effect is more subliminal than obvious. The seven-to-a-bar setting places another dimension on the feature, and upper material tends to be more modal and, in smaller places, dissonant.
At another level, 'Paradox' reflects minimalistic characteristics and material is often repetitive with smaller motives appearing and re-appearing in quite weirdly disguised forms. Yet at another level there are virtuosic sections like 'quasi cadenzas': another surprise in the general flow of works. These 'quasi cadenza' sections are, for the performer, to be 'dashed off' and in contrast to the more ethereal character of other sections.
The piece might easily have ended with a more traditional, dynamically big and conclusive ending. However we are surprised once again when dynamics, bit by bit, decrescendo into inaudibility.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — L.Mus.

Revised 2013

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