Glisten : for solo piano
by Katy Abbott (2013)
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Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) composed about 555 piano sonatas. His sonatas had a distinctive structure on which Glisten is based. The commonalities include the duration and distinctive binary form. Scarlatti often distinguished the two parts of the structure with a pause (termed 'crux' by musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick). Glisten also includes a crux. The use of modulation as a development tool is important in the development of both the Scarlatti sonatas and Glisten.
point in the writing of this piece comes from a few bars of another
work that Abbott was writing at the time: Introduced
Species for orchestra. The main motif was taken from one of
the motifs found in the second movement of the work, where
programmatically, light is glistening on the spray of the ocean's
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to my childhood piano teacher Mavis Shannon on the occasion of her 100th birthday (January 2013)
Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Holtham.. Commissioned for 'Inspirations' (Tall Poppies).
- In the form/style of: Sonatas
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