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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Edge of the World (2011)
Commissioned by Ravinia Festival
St. Rose Music Publishing
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Programme Note
Nico Muhly Edge of the World (2011)
The Edge of the World is a piece for five pianos (and sometimes orchestra) that is meant to be the soundtrack to living in cities at the extremes of the map: the far north, the end of the road, the far side of the lake. Organised in four movements, it begins and ends with a series of interlocking ostinati. Towards the centre of the piece, folk music peeks in and out, sudden polyrhythms disrupt a smooth surface, and the universe of the piece becomes alternately wide and claustrophobic. The piece ends with an image of the night sky at the edge of the earth, shimmering with distant lights and insects near to hand.

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