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in tempo di guerra, in tempo di tristezza was composed at the invitation of the Indonesian pianist Anada Sukarlan for inclusion in the programme of works especially written to commemorate the victims of the terrorist bombings in Bali. The work is a statement of both public and private sadness. As I wrote this piece, I struggled to contain my feelings about world events, and about personal difficulties facing me at the time. I also struggled to write this piece: my feelings towards the piano as a contemporary instrument have been ambivalent in the past, and I found it difficult to formulate something that satisfied me artistically. I also found it hard to create a tangible emotional quality, without becoming sentimental. Now I think I have made an uneasy peace with the piano, and this piece guided me there.
Written for Ananda Sukarlan's Bali Project
For Ananda Sukarlan
01 May 2005: Performed by Michael Houstoun (piano); Festival of Colour, Lake Wanaka
30 Jun 2006: Performed by Seul-Ki Cheon (piano) in the Grosser Saal of the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany during the _neue musik aus neuseeland_ festival
05 Feb 2007: From Foreign Lands
15 Dec 2007: Performed by members of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and guests at Sichuan Conservatory, Chengdu, China on 14 December 2007
Performed by Ananda Sukarlan (piano) in the Adam Concert Room, School of Music, Victoria University in August 2003