Score published as part of the ABRSM Spectrum for piano duet and is available from ABRSM


27-10-12 (WP) ABRSM Spectrum launch, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music (pf - student performers)

19-07-13 St Swithin's, Bath (pf - Kate Halsall & Fumiko Miyachi)

20-07-13 GORILLA, Whitworth Street, Manchester - UNIVERSE: EXPLAINED (pf - Suzie Shrubb)

30-01-16 St Cuthbert's Church, Fordwych Road, London NW2 (pf - Natalie Bleicher/Thalassa Ensemble)

Programme notes

Score: 47 Tucanae

For piano duet (4 hands) and sound file (CD) [2008]

Duration: c. 1 mins.

Commissioned by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music


47 Tucanae is the second largest globular cluster in the Milky Way and is located in the constellation of Tucana. Amongst its 15,000 densely packed stars exist at least 20 millisecond pulsars which are rapidly rotating neutron stars (the end-product of a star that collapses when it has used up all its nuclear fuel). These highly magnetised neutron stars spin on their axes between 120 and 500 times a second, generating beams of radiation that are detected on Earth as pulses in the same manner as light is emitted from a lighthouse. The sounds on this track are a simulation of what one might ideally hear within this globular cluster of stars, and have been created by Michael Kramer and Andrew Lyne at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester.

47 Tucanae was commissioned by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as part of the Spectrum for piano duets book. The premiere was given by student performers at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London as part of the Spectrum launch on the 27th October 2012.

Patrick Nunn 2008