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Brand:Lyrita
UPC:9790708221128
Item #: 2655539X
Available Date: 9/6/2024
Model Number: SRMP0113

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TRANSFORMATION OF THAT NAKED APE FOR SOLO PIANO

In 1972, Lloyd wrote the first draft of The Transformation of that Naked Ape. He had been reading Desmond Morris's book, The Naked Ape (1967) and the idea for a solo piano piece came to him. In his own words, 'I had always refused to accept the notion that we humans are just superior animals so this book decided me to stand up and be counted amongst those who believe another dimension must be added to explain our natures'. In 1987, the composer revised the work for the present recording. There are six movements in the piece, entitled 'Her Hair', 'Her Tongue', 'Her Eyes', 'Her Brain', 'her Mind' and 'Her Soul'. If this sequence suggests a progression from the physical to the spiritual, such a development is also apparent in the music. Hence the helter-skelter scherzo-like frivolity of 'Her Hair' and the florid introspection of 'Her Tongue' give way gradually to the tender lyricism of 'Her Mind' and the brio and joyfulness of the closing movement, 'Her Soul'.

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