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Paradise Bar Prelude (2009)

"At night it's different."

Paradise Bar Prelude (2009) is the first movement of a larger work for solo piano:  Four Inventions from The Children's Bach, Opus 74a. Four Inventions was composed for Antony Gray as part of an Australia Council Fellowship. The music is based on my chamber opera, The Children’s Bach, to a libretto by Glenn Perry after Helen Garner’s novel of the same name. The Four Inventions can be performed as a set or as individual pieces. Antony gave the first performance for a concert by The Firm at Pilgrim Church, Adelaide in August 2009. The work is published by Wirripang as Four Inventions and also separately as a part of their Anthology of Australian Piano Music, recorded by Katie Zhukov.

Each of the four inventions is based on a scene from the chamber opera on Helen Garner’s novel, The Children’s Bach. In the opera, the Paradise Bar is a dark and mysterious place serving great coffee and a perpetual escape from reality.

c. Andrew Schultz, 2012




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