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Saudades (solo piano)

by Cathy Applegate (2016)



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Saudades / Cathy Applegate.

Library shelf no. 786.2/APP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title of the work, Saudades, takes its name from a Portuguese word that has no real equivalent in English. Roughly translated, it refers to a deep, bittersweet emotion, a nostalgic longing for something unattainable. This may relate to the past or to the future, and the subject of the longing can be many different things, such as people, places or even a bygone era.

The Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo defined it as: "a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy."

I explore different aspects of Saudade in each of the three movements of this work.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by James Teh.

First performance: by James Teh at Journeys and Memories - Piano Recital (Charles Darwin University Theatre) on 22 Oct 2016

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Eclectic in style as requested in the commission. References impressionism, minimalism and Baroque styles.


Performances of this work

22 Oct 2016: at Journeys and Memories - Piano Recital (Charles Darwin University Theatre). Featuring James Teh.

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