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Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue

for piano

Year:  1993   ·  Duration:  4m

Year:  1993
Duration:  4m

Composer:   Lyell Cresswell

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Lyell Cresswell: Who's Afra...

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Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue is a short, condensed piece. There is no background, only the bright foreground music of primary colours divided up by loud percussive chords. "The zip (vertical stripe) acts as a divider, marks off intervals, and by regulation of its color intensity indicates stresses, as a species of visual music" (Harold Rosenberg - 'Barnett Newman'). Primary colours have always provided a challenge for painters. Barnett Newman faced this challenge with four paintings - Who's Afraid of Red Yellow and Blur I, II, III and IV. Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue was written for Ananda Sukarlan in 1993.

Commissioned note

Written for Ananda Sukarlan

Performance history

19 Oct 2000: Performed by Stephen de Pledge

15 May 2007: Lunchtime Series

24 May 2007: Lyell Cresswell Piano Music

25 May 2007: Lunchtime Concert of New Zealand Piano Music

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