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Dark scenarios : for piano four hands

by John Carmichael (1990)

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Dark scenarios : for piano duet / John Carmichael.

Library shelf no. 785.62121/CAR 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This odd couple fit well together under the title 'Dark Scenarios' since within each there is a story line with elements of the burlesque, irony and even menace. In 'Cortege' an unrelenting ostinato bass in the outer sections is relieved by a change of mood. In 'Ballroom Nightmare' a banal waltz tune morphs into nightmarish parody of the waltz.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Piano 4 hands.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: Cortege (march) -- Ballroom Nightmare (waltz).

First performance: by Carlos Lama, Sofia Cabruja — 10 Jun 07. Girona Conservatory of Music, Spain

The composer notes the following influences on this work: Ravel - 'La Valse' Rachmaninoff - 'The Isle of the Dead' Edgar Allan Poe.

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10 Jun 07: Girona Conservatory of Music, Spain. Featuring Carlos Lama, Sofia Cabruja.

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