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Work

2005
Duration:
07' 00"
Instrumentation:
violin, viola, cello, piano

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application/force-download,156k Score (156k) Page 1 - 5© Anthony Ritchie
audio/mpg,939k Recording (939k) 0:30-1:30© Anthony Ritchie
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Programme Note

Oppositions was composed for The New Zealand Piano Quartet, for inclusion on a CD of the composer’s chamber music, released by Kiwi-Pacific Records. It is in one movement, and is based around the idea of opposing forces, whether they be literal or imaginative. In musical terms, the piano is frequently pitted against the strings, while musical themes seem to jostle for supremacy. After a short and ominous introduction, the strident first theme is played on violin, accompanied by hammered chords. A second theme has all three stringed instruments playing in ‘cluster’ harmonies. The cello announces a lyrical but turbulent idea, and this is played in counterpoint with the first theme. The piano is to the fore in a third theme, which is stealthy and marked by sudden outbursts. These themes are discussed in a middle section that gradually winds down to very soft, thudding chords, before building up to a vigorous return of the opening. In this final section themes are fragmented and tossed around violently, before a brief Coda in which the first theme appears dominant.

Commissioned:
Composed for the New Zealand Piano Quartet, with the assistance of an Otago Research Grant from the University of Otago
Difficulty:
Advanced

Performance History

11 Nov 2013 Performed by STROMA at Marama Hall in Dunedin.
Stroma
14 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington.
15 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the Gallagher Academy, in Hamilton.
16 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the Auckland Town Hall, in Auckland.
18 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the TSB Theatre Royal, in New Plymouth.
19 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at The Speirs Centre, in Palmerston North.
20 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the MTG Century Theatre, in Napier.
22 Sep 2014 Performed by The Eggner Trio and Amihai Grosz at the Old St John’s Church, in Nelson.

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