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Relaxation with Nature : a collection of 9 piano solos

by Barbara Durham

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Relaxation with Nature


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Relaxation with Nature : a collection of 9 piano solos / Barbara Durham.

Library shelf no. 786.2/DUR 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

These pieces are a continuation of the collection Relaxation for piano: Back to Nature.

They were mostly composed in 2014, nos. 5 and 8 (2016) and 3 (2017). Three pieces were influenced by the seaside town of Aireys Inlet, along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. The first piece Along the Track into a Forest of Gum trees was inspired by an oil painting painted by my mother Betty, on the front cover of the collection. Another two pieces convey the ambiance around my home: the patio and the garden outside. The sixth pieces Chelsea Flower Show was part of garden my trip to Europe (2013).

They are all accessible to play, with pieces nos. 3, 4 and 5 more difficult. The latter two pieces make use of the extreme high and low registers of the piano. There is some more detailed pedalling where a particular sonority is required.

Work Details

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Medium — mostly intermediate, pieces 3,4 and 5 more difficult

Contents note: 1. Along the track disappearing into a Forest of Gum Trees (2 min., 56 sec.) -- 2. Still in the Early Morning (1 min., 38 ssec.) -- 3. Zephyr: God of gentle spring breezes (3 min., 31 sec.) -- 4. Babbling Boulders (2 min., 22 sec.) -- 5. Frogs (2 min., 40 sec.) -- 6. Jonquils and Daffodils in my Garden (2 min., 2 sec.) -- 7. Chelsea Flower Show (2 min., 6 sec.) -- 8. I remember the Trees and Ferns (2 min., 2 sec.) -- 9. Sun setting over the Calm Waters of Aireys Inlet (1 min., 55 sec.).

The composer notes:
Twenty first Century styles ranging from whole tone, atonal, bitonal, tonal influences. Not too far out. Very lyrical at times, emotive passages.

Piece no. 1 dedicated to composer's mother Betty Durham ; Piece no. 2 dedicated to composer's sister Pauline Anderson ; Piece no. 3 dedicated to Elizabeth Mitchell Senior Lecturer in Piano, Melbourne Uni ; Piece no. 5 dedicated to composer's cousin Marion Andrusiak.

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