Jenny McLEOD Tone Clock Piece n° 5 (Vive Messiaen!) - Jeffrey Grice, piano




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Published on Aug 9, 2012

Jenny McLEOD Tone Clock Piece n° 5 (Vive Messiaen!) - Jeffrey Grice, piano


Le « Tone Clock » tel que c'était conçu par le compositeur néerlandais Peter Schat, est une formalisation de l'observation que, à l'intérieur du système chromatique des douze tons, il n'existe que douze « triades » (i.e. des groupes de trois notes, différenciées par la taille des intervalles entre elles -- l'accord parfait pouvant être considéré comme l'un de ces douze groupes). Schat a comparé ces douze triades différentes, et leurs sonorités caractéristiques, aux douze heures de l'horloge, d'où nous vient ce nom : le « tone-clock ». Jenny McLeod y a trouvé une méthode efficace pour décrire les champs harmoniques dans toute musique utilisant le système chromatique. Ces pièces furent les premières œuvres qu'elle a écrites après ses investigations du Tone Clock et témoignent d'une très grande liberté expressive. Sa musique est editee par Waiteata Press, Wellington New Zealand.

Pianist Jeffrey Grice was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1954. After studying with Janetta McStay and Bryan Sayer at Auckland University (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music), in 1976 he received a Queen Elisabeth Arts Council grant and a French government bursary to study in France with Yvonne Loriod and Germaine Mounier. He then studied in Israel with Enrique Barenboim. Other formative influences in his training included American pianist Charles Rosen and Argentine-born French pianist Florencia Raitzin-Legrand.

A Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, the Cziffra Foundation, and the Sophia-Antipolis Foundation, in 1999, Jeffrey Grice was made an "Officer of Arts and Letters" (Officier des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Government for services in the field of music.

Jeffrey Grice has recorded in Europe for the labels Calliope, Erato and Integral Classic and in Japan for Sony Classical, Cosmo Village and JVC.

In 1996, "Golden Performance", a recording for Cosmo Village of his solo recital (Brahms, Berg and Bartok) in Nagoya's prestigious Shirakawa Hall was chosen "Best Recording" by Stereo Magazine, Japan. In 2004, Stereo Magazine similarly acclaimed his Sony Classical CD with flautist Shigenori Kudo of 20th century French flute/piano repertoire (Poulenc, Dutilleux, Gallois-Montbrun). In 2002, his Liszt CD (Integral Classic) was chosen "Best Sound Recording" by the French magazine Repertoire. William Dart hailed his recording of the first seven Tone Clock Pieces of Jenny McLeod (The Te Waiata Collection of New Zealand Music) as "incandescent".

Grice's career has also had a stage and movie sideline. After a first brief appearance in the 5-part television serial Les Dames de la Côte by Nina Companeez, he then played (though as an actor) in the prize-winning French film Un Coeur en hiver (A Heart in Winter) by Claude Sautet, appearing alongside Emmanuelle Béart and Daniel Auteuil. Other contributions include a few bars from a Chopin Nocturne for the Kate Moss commercial of her perfume Vintage.

Grice's programmes are imaginative and attractive. His particular way of juxtaposing different works from the repertoire, creates a new kind of listening and has encouraged many contemporary composers to write for him. Grice has performed first performances of contemporary works by composers from New Zealand (Jenny McLeod, Nigel Keay, Lucien Johnson), Japan (Karen Tanaka) and France (Kirill Zaborov).


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