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Alone : for solo piano

by Katherine Rawlings (1999)

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Alone : for solo piano / Katherine Rawlings.

Library shelf no. 786.2/RAW 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The title of this work (Alone) is representative of what I imagine when I hear this music: the different feelings that may rise to the surface, when you find that you are alone

Alone was constructed around two scales, a whole tone scale starting on A (A, B, C#, D#, E#, Fx(G), Gx(A), Ax(B)), and the scale of C# major. It was written in Golden Section form with the point of golden section occurring at bar 21 when the theme returns to previous motives and variations on previous motives.

In the later years of my childhood, the piano pieces that had the most profound effect on me emotionally were by impressionist composers, such as Debussy and Ravel. In this piece I have attempted to create a similar kind of atmospheric, dreamy feel, reaching beneath the surface of consciousness, into a place of reflection.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Easy — AMEB Grade 4

First performance: by Carmen Chan — 9 May 00. 'Melbourne University Composers - a concert of new works', Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

Influenced by the 'French impressionist' genre and composers such as Debussy and Ravel.

Performances of this work

5 Mar 2017: at An Afternoon of Music - Summer Edition (St Mark's Anglican Church (Templestowe)). Featuring Linus Ensemble.

26 Feb 2017: at An Afternoon At St Linus - Summer Edition 2017 (St Linus Church (Coburg North)). Featuring Linus Ensemble.

9 May 00: 'Melbourne University Composers - a concert of new works', Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Carmen Chan.

9 May 00: Melba Hall, Melbourne University

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