Matthew Schellhorn

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GRÁINNE MULVEY (b. 1966)
Steel-grey splinters (2012)
for solo piano | 8' | World Premiere 2012 | Commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn | Dedicated to Matthew Schellhorn
  • SummaryOpen or Close
    Steel-grey splinters was commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and first performed as part of a programme of new Irish music presented at the Walled City Music Festival, Derry.

    The piece is an exploration of unusual piano timbre through extended techniques.

    Matthew Schellhorn's performance of this work was released on disc in February 2014.
  • Programme noteOpen or Close
    Steel-grey splinters derives its title from the fragments of metal left over from welding two pieces of metal together and also from pieces of lead that remain when the graphite in a pencil breaks. I have attempted musically to reflect these states by the use various piano timbres, for example; the pianist is required to play inside and on the keys, glass or metal rods are inserted towards the end of the piece in order to create another metallic texture and the use of all the pedals have also various blurring effects.

    The fundamental note F and its partials are the main sources of pitch material and the piece is in four main sections as follows:

    The first concentrates on the bass register with all the piano pedals down.

    The second focuses on the middle register heralding the note F and then the extreme registers of the piano.

    The third section refers to inside the piano, concentrating on the harmonics based on the note F.

    The fourth section culminates in the insertion of the rods mentioned previously.

    My sincerest thanks to Matthew Schellhorn, who commissioned the work and to whom it is dedicated.

    © 2012 Gráinne Mulvey
  • PerformancesOpen or Close
    2 August 2012
    Walled City Music Festival, Derry, Ireland
    World Premiere

    28 May 2014
    Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

    5 September 2015
    York Late Music, UK
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