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Piano music


Australian piano concertos

This list of piano concertos as been prepared in cooperation with Stephanie McCallum.

See also: Australian piano works for young players and students

Representative works

  Work Notes
Phantasy concerto Op. 63 (1948) by Eugene GoossensThe recently released recording by Howard Shelley with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) reveals richly coloured orchestral sound with brilliant piano writing, well-embedded in the texture. The style leans towards Romanticism, but has some adventurous astringent moments.
Piano concerto (1982) by Peter SculthorpeRepetitive and mantra-like, this concerto uses melodies familiar from Sculthorpe’s other works in rhythmic, soothing gestures with a well-structured climax. One for those looking for a concerto which is technically less demanding.
Concerto for piano and orchestra (1985) by Roger SmalleyA wonderful pianist himself, Smalley uses the piano to great effect in this large-scale and attractive work which deserves revival. Available on a Vox Australis CD with composer as soloist.
Concerto for piano and orchestra (1991) by Larry SitskySubtitled 'The 22 Paths of the Tarot', this concerto is large, sprawling and delightfully over-the-top.
Displaced dances (2000) by Elena Kats-CherninDisplaced Dances has twelve, humorous and engaging dance-like movements each bearing an evocative name. The scoring has very witty percussion and the piano part dominates throughout – even having one movement as a complete solo which provides an expressively reflective hiatus to the headlong energy of the work.

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