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Piano sonata no. II (solo piano)

by Nigel Westlake (2004)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Broadway boogie

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Broadway boogie / Michael Kieran Harvey, [piano].

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Piano sonata No. II


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Piano sonata No. II / Nigel Westlake

Library shelf no. 786.2183/WES 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

In a single continuous movement, the Piano sonata No. II is comprised of two clearly defined sections. It opens with a series of sustained & fluid gestures, somewhat introverted & contemplative in character, marked "very freely with expression".

The second section is introduced by a "teasing" of dissonant figures in the upper register, leading to highly virtuosic music driven by a powerful rhythmic impetuous. Perhaps the antithesis of Debussy's "piano without hammers" where the "fingers should penetrate the notes", the piano now becomes a mechanism for the exploration of agitated percussive textures & poly rhythms, incorporating vague references to jazz "stride" & allusions to Rock n' Roll piano "licks".

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Michael Kieran Harvey

Commission note: Composed for Michael Kieran Harvey under the auspices of the A.N.U. as part of the H.C. Coombs creative arts fellowship 2004.


Performances of this work

19 Oct 2016: at The Sonata - Mapping Emotions in Music : Westlake (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Andrea Lam.

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