Olive Schreiner (1995)

for piano, 4 hands

Dedicated to Michael Finnissy
Duration: 4'15"


First performance: March 1995; Sussex University, Brighton, United Kingdom; Sally Rose and Michael Blake piano, 4 handsperformance details.

Programme note

Olive Schreiner uses material from my first piano duet Let us run out of the rain and recasts it in new ways, making reference perhaps to the absence of narrative in Schreiner's novel "Story of an African Farm". It was composed for the radical festival "Music Breaks Free: Issues in Gender and Sexuality", fearlessly curated by Michael Finnissy - the work's dedicatee - at the University of Sussex in 1995. I gave the first performance with Sally Rose in March 1995 at the Gardner Centre, Brighton.