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Nigel Keay - tectonics for organ (2016)

Duration; approximately 7 minutes.

tectonics for organ - full score 137Kb, 5 pages

Recording MIDI .wav

Tectonics was composed over several weeks in the autumn of 2016. During this time New Zealand experienced significant seismic activity, and reflecting on the impact this had on the country was a strong influence on the work, hence its title. There are several thematic streams in my catalogue of works, and one is geography and migration. Tectonics is therefore linked harmonically to another work, Terrestrial Mirror, which evokes aspects of this same theme. Tectonics is a piece of constant tension with shifting tonalities, the subterranean movement suggested by the profound and voluminous soundscape of the organ.