The Advent of Cinema

Music of Sally Greenaway

Mastery of light and sound allowed us to project humanity onto the silver screen, captured for generations to come.

Recreating the sounds of the cinematic age, the piece waltzes with atmospheric, dark undertones. The piece builds into a vibrant circus dance with chromatic treble runs, before dying away to a beautifully alluring and introspective finish.

This is a solo piano reduction of a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Category: HSC & Education; Piano: Solo & Duets;
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Year: 2017
Work duration: 2min
Difficulty/level: Grade 7-8

Versions of this work appear in these recordings

The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age
Move Records
Released 2018

Performed by Syzygy Ensemble

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