Duo No. 1 for 'Cello & Piano
Sonata

Date: 1994

Duration: 16 minutes

2005 recording of original version

00:00 / 15:59

Duo No. 1 (Sonata) explores symmetrical and modal harmonies through a wide variety of textures.  Virtuosic in its delivery, the duo is loosely based on the classical sonata form structure, at times alluding to improvisational or a free jazz feel. It was premiered by Thomas Tsai (cello) and Daniel Herscovitch (piano) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in honour of the composer’s 50th birthday in 2005. Duo No.1 was revised in 2022. See below.

2022 revised version recorded in Finale program

00:00 / 15:02

Many of the revisions in the 2022 version can be found between bars 278 and 296. These revisions have not changed the overall sound quality and feel of the original 1994 version.

 

The revisions mainly consist of:  i) the addition of longer rests to delineate ensemble phrasing;  ii) extended melodic and rhythmic cell passages; iii) some revised chordal harmony; and  iv) unisons between the cello and piano to enable a stronger presence. The recording uses the Note Performer plugin via for the Finale program.

Revised score and cello part for Duo No. 1 are available by contacting the composer

Duo No. 2 for 'Cello & Piano
Duologue

Date: 1994

Duration: 7 minutes

2005 recording of original version

00:00 / 07:07

Duo No. 2 (Duologue), through the veneer of piano textures similar to early Romantic period, explores harmonies based on symmetrical and asymmetrical sets as can be found in Allan Forte's text The Structure of Atonal Music (Yale, 1973) .  As with Duo No. 1, it was premiered by Thomas Tsai (cello) and Daniel Herscovitch (piano) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in honour of the composer’s 50th birthday in 2005.

Duologue has also been arranged as a piano solo (see Piano Prelude No. 9)