Seventh Must Fall (2016)

for piano

Afrikosmos Volume 4

Dedicated to Christine Lucia

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Duration: 2 minutes, 45 seconds


  1. Recorded by Renée Reznek on 'From My Beloved Country' Prima Facie PFCD055
  2. Recorded by Daan Vandewalle on 'Michael Blake - The Philosophy of Composition' Wergo WER 7361 2


First performance: Tuesday 5 July 2016, 19h00; Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1NG, United Kingdom; Renée Reznek piano.

Programme note

Seventh Must Fall was a short response to the RhodesMustFall and FeesMustFall student protest campaigns in South Africa during 2015-16. Musically it challenges the rule of common practice harmony in which the seventh note of the scale regularly rises to the tonic – all the sevenths in this piece do fall - while marking out a reflective space into which one can retreat in an often volatile world. I wrote it in Cape Town at the height of the protests in February 2016. It is dedicated to Christine Lucia.


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