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Allusion, introspection and ascension

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Allusion, introspection and ascension : three pieces for solo piano / Stuart Greenbaum.

by Stuart Greenbaum (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano.
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    Performance by Ian Holtham from the CD Inspirations


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These 3 pieces for solo piano re-interpret harmonic progressions taken from great classics of 19th Century solo piano literature. The first piece, Barcarole Allusion, was written for Stephen McIntyre's 70th birthday concert and based on 4 chromatic chords hiding quietly in the middle of Chopin's well-known work.

The second and third pieces were written at the invitation of Ian Holtham to accompany their originals in concert. Schubert: 1828, an introspection is based on 6 progressions (of between 2 to 7 chords) from the 4th movement of his final Sonata D960, re-ordering them in an organically expanding cycle. The Petrarch Ascension takes the second of Liszt's Three Petrarch Sonnets - No.104, and presents its rising melodic sequence in slow-motion leading to an ecstatic, compressed revelation at the climax.

All 3 pieces are exclusively based on these 'borrowed' notes in the same keys in which they were originally composed; and while intentionally re-interpreted within my own compositional idiom, hopefully some semblance of the originals can still be discerned.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 13 mins

Contents note:

I: Barcarole Allusion -- II: Schubert: 1828, an introspection -- III: The Petrarch Ascension (composed 2011).

Dedicated to Ian Holtham, Stephen McIntyre

First performance by Ian Holtham — 22 Oct 11. Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720130-40-8

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CD: Inspirations / Ian Holtham, piano.


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