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Sheet Music: Score

Glisten : for solo piano / Katy Abbott.

by Katy Abbott (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano.
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    Performance by Ian Holtham from the CD Inspirations


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Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) composed about 555 piano sonatas. His sonatas had a distinctive structure on which Glisten is based. The commonalities include the duration and distinctive binary form. Scarlatti often distinguished the two parts of the structure with a pause (termed 'crux' by musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick). Glisten also includes a crux. The use of modulation as a development tool is important in the development of both the Scarlatti sonatas and Glisten.

The starting point in the writing of this piece comes from a few bars of another work that Abbott was writing at the time: Introduced Species for orchestra. The main motif was taken from one of the motifs found in the second movement of the work, where programmatically, light is glistening on the spray of the ocean's waves.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 4 mins

Dedication note: Dedicated to my childhood piano teacher Mavis Shannon on the occasion of her 100th birthday (January 2013)
Commission info: Commissioned for 'Inspirations' (Tall Poppies).

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720142-34-0

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CD: Inspirations / Ian Holtham, piano.


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