Stalin's Piano

21 January 2018

Stalin's Piano 

Composed by Dr Robert Davidson, Stalin's Piano is a collection of "voice portraits" of artists and politicians in juxtaposition. The music is derived from the intonation of each speaker, closely followed and framed by the piano, which distills prosodic features into a idiolectic style for each person, and primes audience perception of the musical aspects of spoken prosody. Each speaker is heard in a recording and accompanied live by solo piano.

Stalin’s Piano is a compelling musical exploration of a century of history, art and politics. Celebrated pianist Sonya Lifschitz weaves virtuosic music together with video and audio recordings of eminent artists and political figures in this striking multimedia composition by Robert Davidson.

The performance took place at 7:30pm on Thursday 15 March, 2018 at the City Recital Hall.