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piano and video projection (via DVD player), amplification (for the video soundtrack)

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Phipps Hall, Huddersfield
Sarah Nicolls, piano
Composer's Notes

Transit combines material from the piano piece Just Before and Van der Aa’s short film Passage.

In Transit the movements of the pianist interact theatrically with the video projection, the focus shifting between the video projections and the virtuosic playing of the pianist. The film footage shows us an old man trapped in his own house, he is fighting against a loneliness verging on insanity.

Transit is performed with DVD. The electronic soundtrack on the DVD combines actual sound from the film-set with prerecorded and edited piano sounds, resulting in close intermingling of live piano and pre-recorded electronic sound.

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