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JOHN PSATHAS

Fragment

Vibraphone & Piano


John Psathas

Fragment

Vibraphone and Piano

PROMETHEAN EDITIONS

WELLINGTON


Fragment (PE076), for Vibraphone and Piano by John Psathas

(2001)

© John Psathas 2001

Published exclusively by Promethean Editions Limited

First edition © 2003 Promethean Editions Limited (201506)

Series Editor: Ross Hendy

Editor: Thomas Liggett

ISBN: 978-1-877218-76-7 (print)

ISBN: 978-1-77660-076-2 (ebook)

ISMN: 979-0-67452-089-9

Promethean Editions Limited

PO Box 10-143

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

http://www.promethean-editions.com

No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by

any means without permission in writing from the Publisher.

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John Psathas (1966)

John Psathas is one of New Zealand’s most frequently performed composers. With works

in the repertoire of such high profile musicians as Evelyn Glennie, Michael Brecker, Pedro

Carneiro, Michael Houstoun, Joshua Redman, Federico Mondelci, the Takács Quartet, the

Netherlands New Blazers Ensemble, the Hallé Orchestra and others, he has established an

international profile and is receiving regular commission offers from outside New Zealand.

Psathas grew up in Taumaranui and then Napier, and left high school early to study

composition and piano at Victoria University of Wellington. Psathas studied further with

composer Jacqueline Fontyn in Belgium before returning to New Zealand, where he has since

lectured in music at the New Zealand School of Music and continued to fulfil a busy schedule

of commissions.

Early success came in 1991 with Matre’s Dance, a maximum-energy duet for percussion and

piano that has since made Psathas’ name internationally known through having been taken

up and championed by percussionist Evelyn Glennie. This work and Drum Dances are now

standard repertoire for percussionists throughout the world.

In August 2000, the premiere of his saxophone concerto, Omnifenix, by legendary jazz

saxophonist Michael Brecker in Bolgna, Italy, brought international acclaim; further

prominent performances of his works have included the 2001 Klangspuren Schwaz Festival

of Contemporary Music in Austria; Psyzygysm, performed by Pedro Carneiro with Strike and

Stroma in the 2002 New Zealand Festival; the premiere of View From Olympus at the 2002

Royal Gala Concert in Manchester, and the premiere of Orpheus in Rarohenga in November

2002. This last, a major work for choir, soloists and orchestra, was a joint commission from

poet Robert Sullivan and John Psathas by the Orpheus Choir of Wellington. In April 2004,

pianist Stephen Gosling first performed Psathas’ piano concerto, Three Psalms, with the New

Zealand Symphony Orchestra, who commissioned the work for pianist Michael Houstoun.

Saxophonist Federico Mondelci commissioned Psathas to write his second saxophone

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concerto, Zahara, which he first performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,

conducted by David Atherton, at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand on

22 September 2006. In 2008, Chamber Music New Zealand commissioned Psathas to write

a string quartet, A Cool Wind, for the world renown Takács Quartet, who presented the first

performance in the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand on 23 July 2008.

Psathas’ recent career highlights include the creation of key ceremonial music for the

2004 Athens Olympic Games and more recently Zeibekiko, an entire programme of music

celebrating the heritage of Greek music from antiquity and the present day. Zeibekiko was

commissioned by the Eduard van Beinum Foundation at the request of the Nederlands

Blazers Ensemble and toured Holland in 2004. It was a highlight of both the 2004 Bath

Festival (UK) and the 2006 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.

Psathas’ inclination to work in a collaborative capacity with artists from a wide range of

musical genres and backgrounds has resulted in projects such as Elect the Dead Symphony

with Serj Tankian, and Pounamu with New Zealand roots musician Warren Maxwell. In 2011,

Psathas produced his first film score for the feature-film, Good for Nothing, and further film

music followed with White Lies in 2013. Psathas’ involvement with Booktrack—a company

focused on developing synchronised soundtracks for eBooks—saw the opportunity to write

music for the Salman Rushdie novel, In the South.

Psathas has received a number of awards and honours, including twice winning the SOUNZ

Contemporary APRA Silver Scroll Award (2002 and 2004) for individual works and taking

three Classical CD of the Year awards (2000, 2004 and 2007) in the NZ Music Awards. In 2003

he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate and in 2005 was appointed an Officer

of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

In 2014 Victoria University of Wellington awarded Psathas a Higher Doctorate in the degree of

Doctor of Music (DMus) for the immense body of work he has contributed to his field.

Latest information about the composer may be found at www.johnpsathas.com.

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Fragment (2001)

This short work is an adaptation of a piano duet originally composed to commemorate

the occasion of the retirement of the Psathas’ first piano teacher, Peter Williams. At

the time of its composition, Psathas was engaged in writing his double concerto for

percussion, piano and orchestra, View from Olympus (PE073), and in mood and musical

material, Fragment is related to the second movement of that work (in fact, it forms

an optional encore to the concerto). Gentle and reflective, Fragment is a simple and

tranquil meditation in which gently pulsing piano chords provide hushed support to the

vibraphone’s delicate melody.

This arrangement of Fragment received its premiere performance from Kostas

Theodorakos (vibraphone) and Stavros Kollias (piano) at the French Institute, Athens,

Greece, on 31 March 2003.

The piano duet version of Fragment is published in the fourth volume of Promethean

Editions’ Firestarters series (PE097).

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PROMETHEAN EDITIONS

WELLINGTON


Fragment (PE076), for Vibraphone and Piano by John Psathas

(2001).

© John Psathas 2001

First edition © 2003 Promethean Editions Limited (201506)

Series Editor: Ross Hendy

Editor: Thomas Liggett

ISBN: 978-1-877218-76-7 (print)

ISBN: 978-1-77660-076-2 (ebook)

ISMN: 979-0-67452-089-9

Promethean Editions Limited

PO Box 10-143

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

http://www.promethean-editions.com

No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by

any means without permission in writing from the Publisher.

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