Four Ballades : for solo piano
by Michael Kieran Harvey (2021)
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Graeme Lee, Jenny Lee's father and the commissioner of Four Ballades writes: "Jenny was a fine young pianist as a school girl. She is now raising two children Henry and Eliza who are both interested in music.Their schools emphasise music bands where everyone can participate."
In the interests of cohesion the Ballades have opening notes that are a transposition of J.S.Bach's famous musical signature (B.A.C.H.), and are all based on a freely harmonised twelve-tone row stated in octaves at the opening of the first Ballade. This row generates a prime number obsession throughout the set. There is also a tight narrative through each Ballade that suggests a literary journey, but there are no specific programs despite the contrasting characters of each work. (MKH)
Duration: 30 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Highly virtuosic
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jenny Lee
Commission note: Commissioned by Graeme Lee
First performance: 6 Dec 22. Hobart Town Hall
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Liszt Ballades, Szymanowski Masques, Bartok Elegies, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters.
Performances of this work
6 Dec 22: Hobart Town Hall
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