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Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Scriabin : for piano duet

by Colin Spiers (1982)

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Performance by Colin Spiers from the CD Barely spring.

Barely spring.

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Barely spring.

Library shelf no. CD 195 [Available for loan]

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Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Scriabin : for piano duet / Colin Spiers.

Library shelf no. 786.2/SPI 8 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Comprising 15 variations and a fugue based on the prelude Op. 16 No.4 by Scriabin, this work falls within the standard genre of variation form. The inclusion of a fugue near the end also places it within the tradition of such works that use this 'learned' form as a means to create a sense of musical climax (a good example being Brahms's "Handel Variations"). The variations themselves explore a wide range of piano writing for the two performers in a medium that found its greatest exponent in Schubert. Here, the intention is to explore the limits of technical proficiency dictated by the movement constraints created by the placement of two players at a single instrument.

Work Details

Year: 1982

Instrumentation: Piano duet (2 players, 1 piano).

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Amus-LMus

Dedication note: Dedicated to the composer's wife, Helen

First performance: 1982. Nickson Room, University of Queensland, Brisbane

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1982: Nickson Room, University of Queensland, Brisbane

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