22 May Aquamarine
solo piano [20’] 2000.
Commissioner: Eve Egoyan
Funder: Canada Council for the Arts
Premiere: Eve Egoyan, Music Gallery, Toronto, May 5, 2000.
The tension between the piano’s percussive mechanism and the fluidity of water has borne fruit in countless works for piano: from Ravel’s Ondine and Chopin’s ‘Raindrop Prelude’, to Schubert’s Am Meer. Not coincidentally, these works were among those played by my grandmother as silent film ‘scores’ in the small New Zealand town of Takaka. In Aquamarine watery fragments from the musical past refract and reflect.
Aquamarine is dedicated to my grandmother, Gladys Boyce.