Piano sonata (solo piano)
by Chris Dench (2015)
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The Piano Sonata occupies a special place in my
composerly output, and not only because it has taken up over 2%
of my lifetime. It is by far my largest essay for my own
instrument (that I admittedly play very poorly) and is the
fulfilment of a longstanding ambition. It took shape entirely in
my studio in Ballarat, Australia, and the writing occupied me for
all of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. Peter de Jager
commissioned the work, and I was delighted to be able to provide
a vehicle for his astonishing pianistic talents; it was written
to share a program with the Alkan Symphonie from Op.39,
Szymanowski's Third Piano Sonata, and Barraqué's
Sonate pour piano. Cast in a single arch, it has nine
continuous, inter-related movements.
Duration: 45 min.
Contents note: Whiteout -- Three windows -- Heat sink -- Photino birds -- Gallery of spaces -- Lévy flights -- EM fugue (A - B - C) -- k=+1 -- Infallscape -- Tombeau/Omega point.
Commission note: Commissioned by Peter De Jager.
First performance: by Peter De Jager — 6 Aug 15. Freedman Fellowship Recital: 'Pillars', Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne
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- In the form/style of: Sonatas
Performances of this work
6 Aug 15: Freedman Fellowship Recital: 'Pillars', Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. Featuring Peter De Jager.
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