PhD completed in July 2017 researching into the piano music of Frederic Rzewski. Project title:
The Realisation of Extended Performance Practices in Selected Piano works by Frederic Rzewski: A Portfolio of Recordings and Exegesis.
This project explores through performance those aspects of Frederic Rzewski’s piano music that require ‘specific’ (that is, notated), ‘non-specific’ (left unspecified), and ‘in between’ (implied) extended performance practices. In so doing, the project focuses on seldom-performed works that variously incorporate speech, improvisation and other unconventional practices. The study investigates the vast spectrum of interpretative challenges embedded in Rzewski’s notational style. These challenges were resolved by providing a methodology that, while specific to the works in question, also serves as a model for pianists interested in applying to other repertoire employing extended performance practices. The additional works Etude For the Beginning of Time (2013) by Snezana Nesic and ‘Ash’ Fantasie (2012), Thrashley meets Audrey (2014) and Journey to Damascus (2016) by the author, have been included to compare and understand the ambivalent aspects found in Rzewski’s piano works. The outcome comprises five CD/DVD recordings and an exegesis that incorporates input from Rzewski himself, which details and documents the
interpretative possibilities of the selected works.
I have presented papers on Rzewski's music at the University of Adelaide, Musicological Society of Australia and at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2017.
A four CD/DVD box set including:
Rubinstein in Berlin (2008)
Flowers 1 (2004)
Bakunin: Rentier (2004)
The Road (Part 6) (1995-2003)
Coming together (1972) - solo piano version
Dear Diary (2014)
A Life (2002)
Four North American Ballads (1978-9)