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The Golden Ratio


Teniswood-Harvey, A and Harvey, MK and Goddard, M and Patten, T and Barnes, J and Yu, J, The Golden Ratio, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, pp. 2 (2017) [Performance Practice]

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SURGE evolves from a melodically descending figure, a mode comprising a palindromic interval sequence. This mode is presented canonically as a quaver figure, a triplet figure and a quintuplet figure, and is constantly rotated through a sequence of transpositions that maximise pitch differentiation to create harmonic movement. The pianos are allocated complementary roles in the musical texture: at any given moment, modes that are presented melodically on one piano are presented harmonically on the other piano. The effect is to add mass to the overall sound. Subtle and frequent tempo changes result in a ‘push-pull’ rhythmic effect in the first half of the work; and there is an overall, incremental accelerando over the work’s duration. Textural density and dynamics also change almost imperceptibly as the work progresses. The underlying idea is to create ‘just noticeable differences’ of musical parameters that cumulatively result in large-scale changes over the work’s duration.

Item Details

Item Type:Performance Practice
Keywords:premiere, Australian composition, Peter Myers, Bartok, piano 8 hands, two pianos and percussion
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Music performance
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Teniswood-Harvey, A (Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey)
UTAS Author:Harvey, MK (Dr Michael Harvey)
UTAS Author:Goddard, M (Mr Matthew Goddard)
UTAS Author:Barnes, J (Mr Jack Barnes)
ID Code:127269
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-07-19
Last Modified:2018-07-19

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