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Night visions, op. 13 : Sonata for piano

by Andrew Schultz (1982)

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 63.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 63.

Library shelf no. CD 2696 [Available for loan]

Night visions


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Night visions : Sonata for piano, opus 13 / Andrew Schultz.

Library shelf no. 786.2183/SCH 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The two contrasting movements are played without pause. The first is rhapsodic and free whilst the second is brief and energetic. Where the first movement seems constantly to be in a state of unresolved change and fluid motion the second is more deliberate and uncompromising.

The technical ability required to play the piece is itself a reflection of the prodigious skills of the commissioner, Eugene Gienger. In his recording of the work he introduced subtitles for sections of the work that capture the creative spirit and mood of the piece: Dreams, Insects, Fireworks, Chase.

Preoccupations at the time of composition were with creating intertwining and evolving colors and textures cast within a motivic and intensely virtuosic idiom. The divisions of tonality, atonality and non-tonality seemed irrelevant in the process of this work's composition; instead, piano sonority and brilliance are the compositional rule of thumb.

Work Details

Year: 1982

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Extremely virtuosic

Contents note: I. Sussurrando -- II. Furiant.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Eugene Gienger

Commission note: Commissioned by Eugene Gienger with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

Revised in 2015


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