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The internal dissonance of Gem’s opening theme sets the work’s mysterious tone. Contemplative rubato wanderings, predominantly along the black keys of the piano, periodically reach into the instrument’s upper register in short flourishes of notes. Occasionally the work takes time to dwell there, releasing notes in delicate droplets, particularly affecting when decorating the work’s searching theme. Momentum gathers with accelerated ascending runs that lead to a climax of tumbling high register figures in contrary motion with the left hand. From the sustain pedal atmosphere of the climax emerges two low, solemn chords that signal the work’s end, though vestiges of mystery remain.

Gem was commissioned by Nicola Melville, with funding from Creative New Zealand, in memory of Melville's teacher Judith Clark (1931-2014). Farr revised the work in early 2017, adding several mesasures that expand on existing material in the middle of the work.

Additional Information

Item Number: PREPE136
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 10
Duration: 3 Mins
Barcode: 9790674522496
ISMN: 9790674522496
Instrumentation: Piano


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