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Thirty for Grace

Pace, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-0047-9379 (2019). Thirty for Grace


Thirty for Grace, which was written to celebrate Grace Hom’s 30th birthday, is a direct response to Skempton’s One for Molly, which I knew through William A.P.M. was one of Grace’s favourite pieces, alongside Campanella 3, Finnissy’s arrangement of ‘Love is here to stay’, and Pascal Dusapin’s Sixth Étude for piano. Permutations, re-arrangements and mutations of the pitch material in the Skempton pieces are used to generate a basic ‘thread’ which runs through the piece, during which the pianist also counts from 0 to 30 in Cantonese, Grace’s language and a homage to Walter Zimmermann’s piano piece When I’m Eighty-Four, which employs a similar strategy in Japanese. Part of the piece also configures some of this material in the manner of the verse of the Finnissy (with ‘inserts’ derived from potent moments in the chorus), together with some rather urgent overlays alluding to Dusapin.

Publication Type: Composition
Additional Information: ©Ian Pace, 2019.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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