Piano sonata no. II (solo piano)
by Nigel Westlake (2004)
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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".
Duration: 12 min.
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.
- In the form/style of: Sonatas
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