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Helix: Piano Trio

2011
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Digital Download Includes the following files:

1. Helix: Piano Trio - INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

2. Helix: Piano Trio - SCORES & PARTS

  • Helix: Piano Trio - FULL SCORE.pdf
  • Helix: Piano Trio - VIOLIN.pdf
  • Helix: Piano Trio - VIOLIN CUED.pdf
  • Helix: Piano Trio - CELLO.pdf
  • Helix: Piano Trio - CELLO CUED.pdf

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About this Work

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM finalist 2011 | Available to DOWNLOAD or as a PRINT-ON-DEMAND CD

Helix was inspired by an eclectic range of musical interests and takes the listener on a millennia-leaping journey from the ancient Mediterranean to a hazy Indonesian sunset via a frenzied 18th-century Italian dance and dub-step beats from present-day South East London.

Featuring Donald Nicolson (piano), NZ String Quartet, and NZTrio

Production by John Psathas, Recorded by Steve Garden, Edited and mixed by John Psathas and Steve Garden, Photography by Keith Hill, Design by UnkleFranc

All music published by Promethean Editions

The project was recorded with support from Victoria University New Zealand School of Music

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Helix
with Donald Nicolson, NZSQ, and NZTrio

Helix a paino trio commissioned by the New Zealand Trio (Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown, Sarah Watkins) with funding from the University of Auckland, was inspired by an eclectic range of musical interests and takes the listener on a millennia-leaping journey from the ancient Mediterranean to a hazy Indonesian sunset via a frenzied 18th-century Italian dance and dub-step beats from present-day South East London. I went to quite a far place in terms of rhythm with Helix, but not necessarily in terms of time signatures and cross rhythms. Prior to writing Helix, I had been transcribing a lot of folk music from countries such as Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Egypt because I really wanted to understand what it is that makes the soloist’s lines so amazing – what is the magic there? One of the things I figured out through transcription is that these expressive melodies that have sensuality and human earthiness about them tend to accelerate going into the centre of a phrase and slow down when coming out of it. I have applied this playing style in Helix

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Helix
for Piano Trio

Aegean, arranged here for percussion ensemble by Omar Carmenates, is the second of two companion works written for piano trio (PE181) the other being Corybas (PE179) The works were commissioned by Ian Graham as a birthday gift for his wife Agi Lehar-Graham ( the original manuscript adds a little wordplay to the work’s title, spelling Aegean as Agi-Ian), and in grateful recognition of the New Zealand Chamber Soloists (NZCS) Piano Trio – Katherine Austin, Lara Hall and James Tennant.

Short and elegant, Aegean is perfect for trios wishing to add a dose of romance to a concert programme. The work is inspired in part by the view from my parents’ house, which overlooks the Aegean Sea. My substantial body of relentlessly high-energy works might lead one to assume that, in the case of Aegean the sea is visualised at its most stormy and tumultuous, the work being pushed forward with tempo surges depicting accelerated ocean currents. Instead, we are presented with a scene in which a calm sea gently rises and falls – the piano’s odd-metered and softly articulated rhythmic figure evokes the irregular movements of the ocean’s surface, while passages that add repeated two-note semiquaver patterns in its upper staff mirror the glistening of sunlight on the water’s rippling contours. The peacefulness of Aegean is reinforced by the poise in the string writing that decorates the work’s unhurried journey. The violin and cello rhythmically intertwine, with softly expressive solo passages emerging throughout. The registral arc of the violin peaks with a series of sustained high notes, underpinned by harmonic lifts courtesy of the cello and gently rippling piano. The work becomes bathed in warmth, like the sun emerging from behind a cloud, sending light to play once again on the Aegean’s undulating surface. The strings finally merge into rhythmic unison, sharing the idyllic melodic statement that concludes the work.

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Aegean
for Percussion Ensemble (arr. Carmenates)
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