C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Gribbin, Deirdre: Unseen 



Basic information



  • Program notes: 

    The London that I know and love has been tested to extraordinary lengths this year: two major terrorist attacks outside parliament and on London Bridge, the Grenfell Tower inferno, the uneasiness over Brexit and the increase of homelessness to 8000 people sleeping rough on London’s streets. Alongside this a growing disenfranchised population hidden from statistics, an estimated 400,000, many of them children, are also living in squalid conditions across the capital. ‘Unseen’, my Thesaurus tells me, has many meanings. These three definitions struck me as most pertinent; ‘Out of sight’, ‘Unperceived’, and ‘Unobserved’.

    Beginning to hear this work in July in the wake of the catastrophic destruction that was Grenfell Tower I was challenged by my responses of immediate sympathy and horror that turned quickly to morbid fascination with every fresh news bulletin and citizen journalist video. A sense of numbness engulfed my creative thinking until I left London for the Isle of Harris where my perspective was allowed the space to refocus on the music itself.

    ‘Unseen’ is a single movement, a strand of unresolved harmonic lace weaving through the span of the piano. Robbed of expected resolutions the music is suspended through repetition and almost imperceptible variation through cluster chords blurred closely by sustained pedal in overlapping sound masses. The line breaks free in a non-chordal ascent with ever- increasing complexity and is halted by luminous, full, upper register chords suspended with no sense of pulse. The final phrase purposes delicate dialogue between minor thirds hidden beneath the scaffold of a searching line.
    ‘Unseen’ is a ‘reality check’ on my life in this great city. This work, at this particular time and, in this particular place reflects my desire to embrace an awareness more fully of my immediate surroundings in all their beauty and, cruel pain.

    Deirdre Gribbin
    Bloomsbury, London September 2017.

  • Technical specs: 




Total number of musicians: 



Content posted to the ISCM website reflects the viewpoint of individual submitters; its appearance herein does not imply official endorsement by the ISCM, its Executive Committee, or the Delegates to its General Assembly.