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Piano Sonata No. 1 : Deranged confessions

by Colin Spiers (1990)

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Performance by Colin Spiers from the CD Sonata



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Piano Sonata No. 1


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Piano Sonata No. 1 : Deranging confessions / Colin Spiers.

Library shelf no. 786.2183/SPI 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work is the first in a series of five single-movement piano sonatas that can be performed as a set in a recital lasting approximately two hours (including a twenty-minute interval). In this case the first three would be performed in the first half of the concert, while the final two would be performed in the second half. This aside, it should be noted that they can, of course, function as standalone works. The single-movement structure was inspired by the example of Scriabin's last five sonatas, although each approaches this in completely different ways.

The first sonata (1990) comprises eight contrasting sections and is intended as a fragmented soliloquy made by someone who is mentally disturbed (hence the subtitle: "Deranged Confessions"). It is dedicated to the memory of the composer's great uncle Alexander (Alec) Spiers who perished, along with so many others, on a foreign field during the First World War.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Dedication note: "To the memory of my great uncle Alec Spiers (1897-1915)"

First performance: by Colin Spiers — 1991. Newcaslte Conservatorium, NSW.

The composer notes the following influences, styles and genres associated with this work:
mixture of modernist and neo-minimalist genres.


Performances of this work

1991: Newcaslte Conservatorium, NSW.. Featuring Colin Spiers.

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