Victoria Pham received her Certificate in Piano Performance at 15, quickly moving into the area of composition with a focus on voice. She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Music Studies (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Pham has studied with Carl Vine, Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope and Luke Gordon and had her works premiered in Sydney and Canberra. In 2015 she was selected along with four composers to produce a chamber opera as part of the Opera Project, workshopped and conducted by Richard Gill. She is currently exploring electroacoustic composition and will soon have works premiered as part of a Spineless Wonders video installation in Melbourne.
The Great Liberation by Hearing (Chapter 11: The Tibetan Book of the Dead).
Victoria Pham. Score for voice, string orchestra, and percussion. From the composer: “This piece explores the cyclical nature of human thought and ‘progression’ by reflecting aspects of the contemporary diplomatic tension between Tibet and China”.
Victoria Pham. Score for solo piano in four movements. From the composer: “Logeb4
is a four movement solo piano piece influenced by Gyorgy Ligeti’s Musica Ricercarta and John Corigliano’s Fantasia on an Ostinato (for piano). By utilising extreme pitch limitation, the limits of the acoustic instrument’s register and dynamic range and the performer’s technical capabilities are explored and tested”.
Waltz in Atonality (a Train to Central).
Victoria Pham. Score for 2 pianos. From the composer: “A piano duet inspired by a train trip to Central reflecting multiculturalism in Australia with instances of traditional Western romantic music, Jewish and Buddhist chanting motifs as well as inferences of Australian nature with magpie-like sounds, and rhythms capturing the movement and rocking of the train and metallic clashing between the carriages”.
Victoria Pham. Score for SATB. From the composer: “Chalice
is a choral composition exploring the interplay between life and death through a fusion of Christian ideas expressed via Gregorian Chant influences and Buddhist concepts, inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is also reflected within the piece through the amalgamation of self-written text, words from Tertuillian’s Apologeticus and Patrul Rinpoche’s Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”.
The White State.
Victoria Pham. Score and parts for big band. From the composer: “The White State
is written as a reflection on the resonance of prejudice and discrimination in contemporary society. The interplay between reality and illusion, in association to this issue, is symbolised through the piece via the distortion and fragmentation of the main theme and movement between harmony and conflict”.
Carousel in the Desert Night.
Victoria Pham. Score and parts for string orchestra. From the composer: “Carousel in the Desert Night
depicts the simultaneous tranquility and excitement of a mysterious travelling carnival while it rests within the quiet of a night in the desert”.
Images for Piano No. 1 – Jasper.
Victoria Pham. Score for piano. Composed for Sally Whitwell.
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