Here is a musical collection in celebration of the glorious instrument, the piano, expressly written for and the fully exploiting the resources of the modern pianoforte.
Of special mention are pieces by Australian composers Dorian Le Gallienne and Raymond Hanson.
The early death of Dorian Le Gallienne in 1963 at the age of 48 robbed Australia of one of her leading composers. Although more conservative than some, his music displays sound melodic construction and fine craftsmanship. The reflective mood of his Nocturne provides a contrast to the lively Jinker Ride. A jinker is a small horse drawn two wheel cart, or sulky. The jolting rhythm of this little piece captures most effectively the spirit of the Australian bush, where these vehicles were used in earlier days.
Born in Sydney in 1913, Raymond Hanson’s ancestry dates back to the early Australian free settlers arriving in 1792. It is ironic that his compositions of the 1940s were considered too radical to be popular, which is difficult to believe when we hear this music now. In fact he was later criticised for being too conservative! He simply suffered the fate of many a composer who has failed to keep exactly in step with the times. The six preludes on this recording, written in 1940-41 during a visit to the Burragorang valley in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales (Aust.) admirably depict the grandeur and ruggedness of the Australian scene as well as its contrasting softness and delicacy.
This generous CD also includes short works by Rossini, Scarlatti, Clementi, Chabrier, Poulenc, Mendelssohn, Granados and Liszt.
- Souvenir for my wife Gioacchino Rossini
- Sonata in D major, K429 Domenico Scarlatti
- Sonata in B flat Op. 47: no.2 Muzio Clementi
- Jinker Ride Dorian Le Gallienne
- Nocturne Dorian Le Gallienne
- The little forest creatures stirring at daybreak
- Lonely distant mountains, sentinels of time
- Ancient granite hills
- The deep dark river
- A tempest
- Sunset after the rain
- Idyll Emmanual Chabrier
- Pastourelle Francis Poulenc
- Toccata Francis Poulenc
- Duetto Felix Mendelssohn
- Spinning song Felix Mendelssohn
- The lover and the nightingale Enrique Granados
- Gondoliera Franz Liszt
- Sonetto 104 del Petrarca Franz Liszt
- Canzonetta Del Salvator Rosa Franz Liszt
Six Preludes, Op. 11 Raymond Hanson
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.
Born in Lerida in 1867, Enrique Granados studied the piano and composition in Barcelona and then in Paris, returning to Barcelona in 1889. He won distinction as a pianist and popularity in Spain with his contributions to the form of zarzuela.
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").
Where to buy
This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $20.00 AUD
- Release date
- © 1989 Move Records
- ℗ 1989 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MD 3043
- EAN 9314574304329