for piano duet

Derek Charke
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:22:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, Two Keyboards, Four or More Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Piano
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Programme Note:
A work musing on lake effect snow and the concept of drift, i.e. "to vary from or oscillate randomly about a fixed setting, position, or mode of operation". The idea of a snow drift may be the most obvious imagery, however the music is also about the concept of drift as explored in more subtle ways. Drift refers to a number of elements imbedded within the music. For example, in movement 1 — Slow — chords drift in unpredictable ways around a fixed harmonic language. The music eventually drifts towards a low rumble (maybe analogous to a wall of storm clouds), before the chords are revealed once more. Movement 2 — Fast — drifts into rhythmic territory. Rhythmic patterns form and drift into new patterns. Shifts to hocketing is a key component. Movement 3 — Still — invokes a calmness after the (musical/literal) tempest. And finally, movement 4 — Drift — is built from ‘endless’ scales, perhaps evoking the drifting of snow after the storm.

Premiere Information:
5 April 2016, Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario
Duo Turgeon: Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon, pianos


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2130 C473dr
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, Two Keyboards, Four or More Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 29, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    49 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I. Slow -- II. Fast -- III. Still -- IV. Drift
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