Australian Piano Music of the Twentieth Century by Larry Sitsky

By Larry Sitsky

This can be the 1st booklet to comprehensively conceal the entire Australian piano track of the twentieth century. it truly is lavishly illustrated with over three hundred tune examples, giving a truly transparent photograph of some of the composers and types. The composers are indexed inside quite a few historic and stylistic blocks in addition to inside of attention in their personal pianistic prowess. the massive variety of rankings might help destiny researchers in addition to recording and live performance pianists who're trying to find new and fascinating repertoire.

This is a useful publication absolute to attract tune fanatics, the pro musician and novice, and scholars. in truth, an individual attracted to the piano and its historic evolution will enjoy this quantity.

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His teachers (de Beaupuis and Alfred Hill) were certainly so inclined; but then, so were his pupils (Hutchens and Holland); all of these composers were successful in their own way, whilst Agnew had to struggle. It is entirely feasible that, willingly or unwillingly, he was forced to rethink his aesthetic position. By the time writers put pen to paper to deal with Australian music, Agnew was a forgotten figure and what little survived in the musical memory had to do more with Rabbit Hill, a polished and witty but entirely conventional little piece played and often destroyed by a few generations of young pianists, and almost nothing to do with adventurous works such as the Sonata 1929.

26:1. R. Agnew. Sonata Fantasie. bars 53-55. This owes less to Scriabin and more to late Liszt in its layout, although the harmony is more advanced. The final subject is a serene progression of chords, a bow in the direction of John Ireland: 24 Australian Piano Music of the Twentieth Century Ex. 27:1. R. Agnew. Sonata Fantasie. bars 100-105. The subjects have links between themselves too, and the recapitulation, though strict, does present these ideas in a different order. At the very end, a triumphant coda with tremolos in alternating hand chords balances the opening Introduction structurally.

The sonatas are yet another example of the extraordinary neglect of this composer. The series is constituted thus: Sonata No. 1. Complete. Ab Major. 24/10/15. 35 pages of ms. 1. Allegro Guisto 2. Andantino Grazioso. Elusion. 3. No tempo marking given, but an obviously energetic Finale. 2. Complete. F Minor. The first few pages also exist in fine copy 1. 4/1/21. 2. Scherzo. 28/12/20. 3. Andante Con Moto. 27/12/20. 4. Finale. No date. There is another Finale, perhaps composed as an alternative. It is in rougher form than the Finale, but also complete.

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