Universal Edition - David Fennessy – The Fault Between Us

David Fennessy

David Fennessy
The Fault Between Us

Year of composition: 2006
Scored for: for 2 pianos and electronics
Composer: David Fennessy
Instrumentation details:
1st piano
2nd piano
Duration: 20′
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The Fault Between Us

World Première

Location: Tramway Glasgow / Great Britain
Date: 07.03.2006
Orchestra: Paragon Ensemble

Work Introduction

“How could our eyes meet if we were never at a distance?
If we were always merged, how could we touch?”

(from The Answer Machine by Tom McGrath)

The imposing physicality of two grand pianos fused along their sides into one, solid mass provides the aural and emotional context for this piece. Like two tectonic plates pushed together they begin the piece as a singular musical object made up of two distinct halves. As the piece progresses the music gradually pushes outwards from the centre; the “plates” drift and we become more and more aware of the sound being pushed to either side of the space. The pre-recorded element of the piece is entirely made up of earth sounds recorded by seismometers and hydrophones.

As suggested by the title, the piece for me metaphorically represents something fundamental about our human relationships; fused as a single entity but made up of separate halves; the desire to merge and emerge; the constant forming and reforming of fault lines between us.

Special thanks to Dr. John Louis of the University of Nevada for the seismic sounds and to Ilana Halperin for helping me understand what they meant.

David Fennessy

score - The Fault Between Us

The Fault Between Us
  • for 2 pianos and electronics
  • Edition type: score

set of parts - The Fault Between Us

The Fault Between Us
  • for 2 pianos and electronics
  • Edition type: set of parts

- The Fault Between Us

The Fault Between Us
  • for 2 pianos and electronics

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