John Oliver, composer

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World Premiere of Eternity Gaze for erhu and piano

On December 6, 2013 at 8 pm,
Recital Hall, School of Music
6360 Memorial Road, UBC campus
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver audiences will hear the world premiere of the revised version of Eternity Gaze. The second (slow) movement is revised and a fourth movement has been added, making this a major opus for the combination of erhu and piano.
When I performed Eternity Gaze with Corey and Nicole last November (2112), I had a feeling that the work was not complete. The first problem was the strange medieval second movement: it was too static for the duration. I struggled to create a new line for the erhu with much more variety for the second part of the piece; then I enhanced the harmonic cloud that piano and guitar create to surround the erhu. I’m very happy with the results. I also sensed an incompleteness to this three movement work, so I wrote a hybrid fourth movement that invites the ghosts of the spectralist “movement” to share sonic space with my tendency toward cultural play and tonal sarcasm.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event.

And a link to Nicole’s web site.

For more information about the Piano and Erhu Project, check out the Facebook page.