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German suite : for piano

by Justin McKay (2016)

German suite

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German suite : for piano / Justin McKay.

Library shelf no. 786.2/MCK 3 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Composed in 2016, German Suite is a companion piece to French Suite of 2014. The title is not meant to describe the style of the music so much as to acknowledge the Lutheran hymn used as a cantus firmus in the third movement. The suite has a wistful character, with a mixture of jazzy elements (for instance, the rhythms and harmonies in the opening movement) and colourful pianistic effects (the second movement exploits virtually the entire range of the piano). There is also a nod to strict counterpoint in places. The ornaments in the fourth movement are, in modern style, executed before the beat; however, care should be taken that they do not come too soon. The notation in measure nine may be taken as a model for the realisation of ornaments for the remainder of the piece. The repeat in the second movement needs to be taken to maintain balance. The use of the extreme registers may be thought of as depicting 'the heavens and the earth'.
Justin McKay

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piano.

Contents note: In 4 movements.


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