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keyboard wizard Allan Zavod'Flurry', a tribute to all those who served at Lone Pine Gallipoli, by Allan Zavod

Allan Zavod's new work 'Flurry' was premiered in PLEXUS: Progressions on 1 July 2015 at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre.

Allan Zavod wrote the following about this piece:

"Flurry, a work for violin, clarinet and piano composed especially for PLEXUS, is a tribute to the steadfast courage of Major Doctor Frederick Miller Johnson and all those who served at Lone Pine Gallipoli during the dreadful events of the First World War.

"Having had the honour to participate in the 2015 centenary Anzac commemoration performing at the Dawn Service on board ship in Anzac Cove Gallipoli, I now more fully understand the heroism that ensued as tragedy unfolded.

"The opening theme of Flurry consists of a series of incessant piano chords in a jazz minor mode, representing the action of battle within the highly volatile environment at Anzac Cove in 1815. Growing out of these assertive opening piano chords we hear a rather obscure shaped melody from the violin and clarinet that speaks of the uncertainty of war where anything could happen at any moment..as it did in the case of our hero Dr Major Johnson who, along with the men he was attending, were suddenly and unexpectedly killed at the very location where the forthright Johnson had established an improvised aid post.

"Inevitably the mood of the piece changes to melancholy honouring the ANZACS that lost their lives at Gallipoli. The unrelenting jazz influenced piano chords heard at the opening of the work now transcend into beauty and meditative harmony preparing for an alluring violin and clarinet duo.

"Gradually the piano recaps its syncopated chords from the opening, now portraying the ever present danger of the times. However the vibe soon turns to a lighter note as a reminder of the human spirit seeking humour and mateship even in the worst possible circumstances. The violin plucks out a conga drum riff joined by a rocky piano bass as both instruments create a lively accompanied for a Benny Goodman inspired clarinet solo.

"Action in battle returns with a final echo of the opening theme this time building to a rousing coda ending the work on a courageous note... as a salute to the enduring gallantry of Dr Major Miller Johnson and the many men who gave their lives for a better future. We remain forever grateful : Lest We Forget.


Allan Zavod's new work 'Flurry' was premiered in PLEXUS: Progressions on 1 July 2015 at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre.



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