Digital booklet:  View · Download

Piano Sonata #6: 17 Graeme Lee Prints

Composed and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey during the 2020 pandemic, Piano Sonata #6 was commissioned by artist Graeme Lee in response to 17 prints he produced in July 2020. The music, the prints and Arjun von Caemmerer’s aphorisms are highly contrasting and individual.

Piano Sonata #6: '17 Graeme Lee Prints' was written during the 2020 pandemic. It was commissioned by Graeme Lee, and is a response to the series of prints he produced during July 2020.

A further interpretational layer is added with the aphorisms of Dr Arjun von Caemmerer, who wrote the accompanying text "Leeward Epigraemes" as a response to both the images and nascent musical sketches.

The main binding element in the 17 sonata movements is the intuitive hermeneutic response to each Lee print. Originally conceived as a collection of pieces, the work coalesced as a sonata due to the mereology of its constituent elements.: 17 is the only prime number to be made up of four consecutive primes (2,3,5,7), and these figure constantly throughout the sonata.

In the same way, Lee's prints and von Caemmerer's aphorisms are at once highly contrasting and individual, yet bound as a series by their overarching and distinctive visual "language". To emphasise the interdependence between the visual, text and music, each movement is preceded by an aphorism and the appropriate print which appear in the accompanying CD booklet, and in the digital booklet (the link is under cover above).


Michael Kieran Harvey

Michael Kieran Harvey is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.

Track Listing

    Piano Sonata #6 Michael Kieran Harvey

  1. Floating Item
  2. Hot Rolls II
  3. Pyramid
  4. White Shapes III
  5. Vase
  6. Pattern
  7. Globe
  8. Coloured M
  9. Stage
  10. Gap
  11. Oysters
  12. Tower
  13. Black Bowl
  14. Item Falling
  15. Man Running
  16. Mound II
  17. Fitzroy Jazz II


Where to buy

Piano Sonata #6: 17 Graeme Lee Prints can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title can be ordered through fine music retailers across Australia including Readings and Fish Fine Music.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
October 2020
© 2020 Move Records
℗ 2020 Move Records
Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3453
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574345322