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Peter Broderick is considered by many to be one of the great musical composers of the noughties. He has established himself as a live performer playing with Copenhagen's Efterklang and has begun the process of releasing solo records, primarily instrumental piano based compositions. 'Music for Falling from Trees' is thirty minutes of tunage separated into seven parts composed to accompany a contemporary dance performance by London based Choreographer Adrienne Hart.
On the request of Hart the entire score is composed using only piano and strings. Without seeing the original performance it's hard to gauge what it might have been like or how suitable the compositions are but as a stand alone record 'Falling from Trees' is both haunting and beautiful with cheeky little techniques used to get the best from a small palette of instruments. Powerful sounds are conjured briefly and replaced by frail, reverberant subtleties. Strings are plucked and violins and tapped, pianos plink and plonk and ambient strings rise and fall to create a powerful dynamic. This is definitely worth a listen but it would have been even better if it came with an accompanying DVD of the dance performance.
If you are interested in hearing great, instinctive composition then this is still worth a look. Think Rachels in soundtrack mode yo!
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