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Children's songs : piano solo

by Mark Isaacs (2011)

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Performance by Haig Burnell, Mark Isaacs from the CD Works by Ross Edwards, Graeme Koehne and Mark Isaacs.

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Work Overview

At the end of 2011 Mark Isaacs composed a suite of solo piano music called Children's Songs in order to perform the world premiere of them at the 2012 Adelaide Festival on March 5 as the opening recital in Festival @ Lunch series at Elder Hall.

The suite of eighteen cameos consists of music inspired by children and childhood, rather than being music necessarily intended for children.

Following somewhat the lead of Robert Schumann in his Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) the pieces evoke in turn the transparency, playfulness, tenderness, innocence, wistfulness and humour associated with our smaller ones.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 45 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Reedy Pond (1'46") -- 2. Gentle Swing (2'19") -- 3. Games (1'45") -- 4. Lullaby I (2'51") -- 5. Dreamtime (1'27") -- 6. Home (2'37") -- 7. Toying (1'25") -- 8. Are We There Yet? (5'03") -- 9. The River (2'54") -- 10. Minuet in G (2'59") -- 11. In Your Own Backyard (1'50") -- 12. Melody in Two Parts (2'56") -- 13. More Games (2'26") -- 14. Lullaby II (3'11") -- 15. Bunyip's Return (1'51") -- 16. Gavotte (4'02") -- 17. Boat Song (3'55") -- 18. Abschied (nicht) (2'33").

First performance: by Haig Burnell, Mark Isaacs — 5 Mar 12. Elder Hall, Adelaide, South Australia

Winner of Joint First Prize: Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition 2012

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition Winner (Joint) Mark Isaacs

Performances of this work

5 Mar 12: Elder Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. Featuring Haig Burnell, Mark Isaacs.

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