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Glisten : for solo piano

by Katy Abbott (2013)

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Performance by Ian Holtham from the CD Inspirations



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Inspirations / Ian Holtham, piano.

Library shelf no. CD 2508 [Available for loan]



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Glisten : for solo piano / Katy Abbott.

Library shelf no. 786.2/ABB 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to my childhood piano teacher Mavis Shannon on the occasion of her 100th birthday (January 2013)

Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Holtham.. Commissioned for 'Inspirations' (Tall Poppies).


Performances of this work

23 Oct 2023: at Festival Gala #1 | Brisbane Music Festival (FourthWall Arts). Featuring Alex Raineri.

22 May 2020: at Caroline Almonte & Blair Harris (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Caroline Almonte.

4 Apr 2019: at Maps to the Stars (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Caroline Almonte.

12 Jul 2018: at Stefan Cassomenos: a piano recital (Schott Recital Room (London)). Featuring Stefan Cassomenos.

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