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20 less familiar solos


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20 less familiar solos


CURRENT PROGRAMMES

I have been encouraged to write on some of my recent programmes I have compiled and presented in the same manner that I present them.  Here is the first!  There are also Youtube clips to the same content as I will be playing. The current Gershwin, Debussy and Chopin writes-up will follow shortly!  

20 WONDERFUL (BUT NOT SO POPULAR) PIANO SOLOS.

Some time ago I presented ’20 Popular Piano Solos’. This was a collection of many of the best-known ‘hit’ classics in one programme. 'Rustle of Spring’, ‘Rondo all’ turca', ‘Moonlight Sonata’, 'Clair de lune' were all included.  Each of that selection is memorable not only because of their easy to remember titles but also due to their defined moods.  They are also more or less playable by the average pianist. 

I am fascinated by the breadth of the piano repertoire! Not only by the standard classical repertoire penned by composers of great genius  (who also wrote less important minor compositions) but also the music of lesser-known composers, as well as the huge repertoire of tango music, salon music, ragtime, and even contemporary  popular pianos writings, and film music.

In ’20 Wonderful (but not so popular) Piano Solos' I hope to offer audiences many undiscovered gems,  music that is no less appealing but may not have the most memorable titles, or may not be heard regularly in the traditional concert hall.  [In hind sight I realize this title was somewhat self-defeating.  Who would bother to play or listen to '20 Rubbish Piano Solos’!  So in fact '20 Amazing (but less familiar) Piano Solos may be a more accurate description!]

Through the concerts, and addition of this page, I hope that listeners may discover new sounds, new composers and new compositions they will be drawn to, music that will appeal to their particular ear, and music they may even want to play themselves. 

This is also one of the programmes I have compiled and intend to continue to present this year 2018 and in years to come.

20 WONDERFUL (BUT NOT SO POPULAR) PIANO SOLOS.
Pavane: The Earl of Salisbury - William Byrd
Aria from Goldberg Variations - JS Bach
The Harmonious Blacksmith - GF Handel

Improvisation  No 15 (Hommage a Edith Piaf) - Francis Poulenc
Valse d’or - Heitor Villa Lobos
Automne - Cecile Chaminade

The Easy Winners - Scott Joplin
Menuet al’ Revescio - FJ Haydn
Toccatina - Matyas Sieber
Romance - Franz Liszt
Pirates of the Caribbean -  Radnich / Zimmerman
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Hungarian Melody - Franz Schubert
Rondo in D - WA Mozart
Porz goret  from Eusa - Yann Tiersen

El ciebo - Carlos Guastavino
Gold over Blue - Ernesto Nazareth
English Country Gardens - Percy Grainger

The Lark - Glinka/Balakirev
Etincelles - Moritz Moskowski
Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 - Franz Liszt

 

I start the program with music from beyond the common practice period.  It astounds me that the standard piano repertoire ‘begins’ with three big names - JS Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and GF Handel, all of whom are born in the same year - 1685. How odd is that!  But keyboard music from before 1685 does exist of course. A beautiful Pavane, a stately court dance, by William Byrd (1538-1623) brings simple yet fragrant sounds of 16th century England to the mix.   The 'Pavane: The Earl of Salisbury' has a unique 'old English' feel.   I couple this with the Aria (air or song) from Bach’s 'Goldberg Variations'.  We know Bach was paid to write music for a court musician Johan Goldberg to play to his employer who was suffering from insomnia.  The music was intended to entertain the Count during sleepless nights with erudite musical play, or ease him into a restful slumber.  Bach’s magnificent 30 variations, which subsequently become one of the monuments of the pianos repertory, are not included in my performance. But the delicately ornamented aria, with its steadily descending bass-line, and is certainly beguiling. Bach’s second wife was fond of it too and wrote it out in her own keyboard play book. The last of the opening three numbers I play here is Handel’s ’Air and variations' on a theme, known as ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’.  If you believe 'The Ladybird Book of Great Composers Volume 2'  (as I did) you would know that one day Handel, after he had moved to England from Germany, was walking down a street in London and entered a blacksmith's workshop to escape a sudden summer shower.  Here he encountered a blacksmith happily beating away at his anvil while whistling a merry tune.  So entranced was Mr. Handel by the melody he heard that he rushed home and wrote down this merry tune, later composing a sequence of variations on it.  These variations gather in brilliance as the melody is adorned with ever increasing groups of notes.  Later research tells us this is all a myth and totally untrue.  But truth is not everything. I prefer the fanciful version!

 

 

 

French composer Francis Poulenc composed '15 Improvisations’ in his life.  The last of these he wrote (or improvised) as a ‘Hommage a Edith Piaf.  Piaf, probably France’s greatest musical icon at the time, and Poulenc, certainly of the country's most celebrated composers of his day, never met; in France, in Paris or even in New York where they both lived at the same time.  Poulenc’s music may in some way pay reference to one of Piaf’s iconic numbers ‘Autumn Leaves’ with its similar wistful nature and quickly changing chord progressions.  Another similar 'sweetening' chord progression is to be found in the plaintive waltz 'Valse d’or' by Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos.  Contrasted episodes featuring a driven, rhythmic style heighten the repeated aching melody of the opening waltz section. The ever increasing intervals in the melody are particularly haunting. The music  of Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), a French female composer, is not often heard on public stages nowadays but her most celebrated composition 'Automne' beautifully captures the changing seasonal colours and moods.

The music of Scott Joplin is always a winner.  The toe-tapping march rhythms and off-beat syncopations of melody and right hand chords strike a unique note with audiences.  ‘The Easy Winners', not one of his most famous compositions, adds a highly infectious feel-good mood to the selection. Franz Joseph Haydn is said to be know known for his humour in music.  It has also been said that humour is one of the most difficult and rarest of emotions to portray in ‘art’ music! The glint in the eye of Haydn can be seen in this quaint Minuet.  Charming and simple, the clue is in the title -'all rovescio’: the melody is in fact played forward, and then repeated exactly, in reverse.  I enclose a score clip to prove it!  In the manuscript score he didn’t even wore it out in reverse - just instructed the player to play the same backward - minuet and trio by turn. A tiny composition by Hungarian composer Matyas Sieber ’Toccatina’ last  30 secs or so.  I learnt this as an 11-year old and it still resides in my memory quite clearly.  The composer visited South Africa in 1960 and sadly was killed in the Kruger National Park, in a car accident. (No video available.)  This brings us to Franz Liszt and the first of two works on the programme from the composer. Always expecting barn-storming virtuosity from Liszt, audiences are surprised to hear this haunting 'Romance'.  A rarely played youthful composition of great delicacy that even Liszt himself had forgotten about (only published in 1908) the repeated refrain of the chord of the minor fourth chord adds a heartfelt and very tentative note.  Last on this list, and in a stroke of abandonment, is a version of one of the most recognized and often performed contemporary film scores, 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.  Here is the arranger himself playing in the clip. It is quite an athletic accomplishment!

Franz Schubert left Vienna for two unhappy summer holidays at the Esterhazy palace, now in Hungary.  Here he spent much time composing and was exposed to a new sounds of ‘Hungarian’ folk music or as some would say ‘gypsy music’.  This found its way into the 'Hungarian Melodie’, a short piece composed in his last years. The repetitive rhythms, not usually heard in music of the time, and unique gestures combined with great simplicity is beguiling. (The piece was not published until more than 100 years after his death.  The video below includes a number of performances for easy comparison of interpretation!)  I like the way this ‘speaks’ to Yann Tiersen’s music. The French pianist, with a background  in rock/pop and film music, wrote a new set of piano solos or an album ‘Eusa’ in 2016  inspired by places in the new home on islands of Brittany off the coast of France.  Tiersen creates a unique sound and mysterious, delicate atmosphere. Mozart's Rondo in D, not often heard in the concert hall, is one of the pieces  you will not find in the two great volumes of  Mozart’s Complete Piano Sonatas (as they are usually published) but in additional volume, not so readily available, of single pieces and fragments.  The title Rondo is referring to the musical geography where the opening melody returns repeatedly.  This is usually foiled with contrasting musical episodes in between the returns of the opening theme, providing charming respite. But here the theme never seems to leave, re-appearing in a numerous keys, modes and ranges, from high to low! The often-repeated melody may account for somewhat uninteresting listening experience and lack of popularity!

I only recently discovered the music of Carlos Guastavino (1912 -2000) and was immediately drawn to the sincerity of his music.  Guastavino, an Argentine composer, writes in a popular style and this 'song’ refers to national flower of Argentina. I love the beautiful dissonances and sinuous lines of heartfelt melody, while the repeated questioning phrases are most captivating.  It is difficult to play and does not sit well under the hands! Also from South America is Ernesto Nazareth, sometimes called the 'Scott Joplin' or 'Chopin' of South America.  He composed Brazilian tangos and in other nationalistic rhythms.  This particular melody I recall discovering on LP record from the local municipal music library, where I discovered many piano gems for the first time!  I recognized it immediately as a familiar theme tune for a radio programme on national radio (Springbok Radio) in 1970s that aired every Saturday morning.  (Was it ‘Swap Shop’?!) Its lazy rhythm and loosely bubbling style was captivating and only years later did I manage to track down the score.  This fits beautifully under the hands and plays itself quite magnificently, much in the same way Chopin’s music, with figured patterns of melody, does. The last of the three pieces which bring together music from different continents is Percy Grainger’s 'English Country Gardens'.  Originally thought to be a folk melody form England that Grainger collected, it turns out Grainger wrote the melody himself. It was popularized as a song in the 1950s but the solo piano arrangement, one of numerous versions the composer published, is quite virtuosic and physical. With octaves and leaps, up and down the keyboard and crossing hands while accelerating increasingly, it is an exuberant workout.  (For those who are interested  it is worth researching Grainger’s  life from his native Australia to England and USA, and even a memorable stint on tour in South Africa between concerts in Pietermaritzburg and Durban!)

 

A melody which I was told has a unique place in the hearts of the Russian people is 'The Lark', a romance by Glinka.  Arranged for solo piano by Balakiriv it is a heartfelt and deeply emotional piece that combines, in this version, beautiful pianistic colours with simple, folk-like melody.  The combination of the various thematic motives into a ‘kneaded dough’ of melody and fragments is beguiling but not as bewitching as the cascades of sounds into the resolving major key in the finals moment.  It is a piece that holds great weight and depth for those who hear its unique message.

I end with two concerts pieces; one light and effervescent and the other a pounding drama!  Moskowski’s ‘Etincelles’ or ‘Sparks’ explores very natural hand positions and scale patterns that fly from under the hands in a compactly, spontaneous and almost ‘self-creating’ way. The lightness and control of the sound-space is the captivating difficulty in this music that often would be placed as an encore in the hands of only the most virtuoso pianists. And similarly Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 6, is not unknown, but it is certainly not popular with pianist due to its immense difficulties! Comprising four sections the final dance start quietly and leads to the melody etched out in repeated octaves playing for pages at a time. Depending largely on the condition of piano repetition and one’s physical fitness it is an effective winner, when it works, and provides a rapturous close to the programme -with a bang!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Duigan - pianist


Pics above and to follow of Christopher Duigan at the Hilton Arts Festival 2016 by Jonathan Burton.

Christopher Duigan - pianist


Pics above and to follow of Christopher Duigan at the Hilton Arts Festival 2016 by Jonathan Burton.



JUNE 2017

Virtuoso saxophonist, David Salleras, will be touring South Africa with concert pianist, Christopher Duigan, in June and July.

Since his first visit in October 2012, Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and has recorded two albums with Duigan – Indigo and Midnight Blue – both of which are available on iTunes .

The Barcelona-based musician has attracted international attention through his fluency in a variety of musical styles. His innovative compositions, which incorporate traditional flamenco idioms with contemporary and avant-garde performing techniques, are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

Duigan, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists. He has performed extensively with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras and has a popular following through his innovative Music Revival concerts.

For this series, the two musicians will perform works from the traditional saxophone repertoire by Jules Demersseman, JS Bach, Darius Milahaud’s Scaramouche and music from Spanish composer/saxophonist by Pedro Itturalde.

Itturalde’s Suite Hellenique traditionally offers pianist and saxophonist plenty of opportunity to explore a wide range of dynamic interplay through a variety of musical styles.

Also on the programme will be Salleras and Duigan’s own creative arrangements of music by Astor Piazzolla, Salleras’ own solo work, Caprices, and Duigan’s compositions from Indigo and Midnight Blue.

 

CONCERT DETAILS 2017

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Major engagements  for 2016 for Christopher  included recitals for Mandela Day in Mexico City in July (presented by the South African Embassy - Watch the video of a snippet with Morgan Symanski (guitar)  here) and was soloist in the Beethoven Concerto No 3 with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in KZN.

A CD 'The Music of Chopin'  Chopin's music  was released in November 2016.  See the CDs  page for more.  The Cd launch in March 2017  in Cape Town received a massive response and followed on all-Chopin performances at Brooklyn Theatre - Pretoria in June,  at the St Andrews Concert Series - Cape Town in August and at the Hilton Festival in September, plus performances in Durban, Hermanus, and Franschhoek in 2016. See below for pics.

CHOPIN RECITAL Constantia, Cape Town 5 March 2017

It was an extraordinary sight, watching people ... desperately wanting to get a ticket before the concert started! We were hard pressed to find everybody a seat.

From the first few notes Christopher played, I knew it would be a wonderful concert and that once again he would not disappoint. He started with Chopin’s E flat Nocturne, and played so quietly, sensitively and compellingly no one dared breathe. Then he proceeded to play all those pieces everyone knows so well, the ones they had come to hear: to my mind completely faultlessly, with perfect rippling passages in the high register, singing through the left hand and being so incredibly present throughout the entire recital that there seemed never a dull or boring moment. He was a credit to his teacher, the late Lamar Crowson, who has passed on gifts of imaginative playing and complete technical mastery over this demanding music, and yet Christopher brings his own insights and irreproachable musicality. It was a deeply satisfying concert to everyone there, richly deserving of the standing ovation at the end.

Matthew Reid, concert promoter

 

In April  2017 Christopher was featured in a series of concerts with orchestra, solo and duo performances with David Salleras (saxophone)  around Barcelona, Spain.  This include selections from his own compositions from the CDs 'Indigo' &  'Midnight Blue', performed with orchestra. 

Tour Schedule, Spain - April 2017

 
  Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist

Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist

CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN - Pianist

Widely regarded as one of South Africa's most leading concert pianists CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras including the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 concerti. 

In recital he has achieved a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming featuring a broad and eclectic taste in music.

 
 
  Christopher is represented internationally by Alba Gorka Artist Management, Munich.

Christopher is represented internationally by Alba Gorka Artist Management, Munich.

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BIOGRAPHY


Christopher Duigan - pianist
BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY


Christopher Duigan - pianist
BIOGRAPHY

Widely regarded as one of South Africa's leading concert pianists, CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has been recognized as a 'South African piano icon' and 'national musical treasure' (Classic Feel June 2009). He has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 concerti. In recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming of a broad and eclectic taste in music. 

International engagements in June 2013 include those in London at Steinway House, St James' Piccadilly and St Barnabas. Previous London performances included South Africa House and at the Edinburgh Festival 2001 and 2003 at the invitation of the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) where he was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Major recital engagements in South Africa include recitals at the Brooklyn Theatre (Pretoria), Casa Labia in Cape Town, the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, ClassicFM Soirees-Johannesburg, Steinway Hall/Centre for the Book in Cape Town, at the Hilton Arts Festival and the Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek.  

In recent years he has been a featured soloist in several concerto performances in the Pietermaritzburg and Durban City Halls with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Christopher Duigan has an unprecedented large following in South Africa through the broadcast of his CD recordings which are frequently aired on ClassicFM (Johannesburg)  and Fine Music Radio (Cape Town). 

In March 2007 he shared the stage with the cream of South African pianists for the launch of Steinway and Sons in South Africa. Three years later he became one of only six pianists in South African history to be invited to be a 'Steinway Artist', joining an exclusive company of renowned international musicians.  

Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands he is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. As producer and impresario he is the director of the widely acclaimed MUSIC REVIVAL which he established in 1997. Major projects now include the Concert Series at the Hilton Arts Festival, the Franschhoek Classic Music Festival and a series of performances by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition Music Revival brings numerous recitals and chamber music performances to various communities in KZN and the Cape Winelands. 

Through this ground-breaking work, Duigan has created new audiences, built an unusually large and loyal following and re-examined many of the norms of concert performance. His crossover presentations combining virtuoso classical repertoire with selections of jazz, classic ragtime, traditional and 'Nuevo' tango and contemporary film music have been particularly enthusiastically received. This ground-breaking work as an independent classical entrepreneur has attracted much attention internationally, particularly that of renowned author and observer of trends affecting the future of classical music worldwide.

Under the Music Revival banner Christopher Duigan has produced numerous performance opportunities and collaborations with some of South Africa's leading artists including sopranos Angela Gilbert and Bronwen Forbay, baritones Federico Freschi and Njabulo Madlala, and musicians and ensembles from the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, including the Kerimov Trio. He has developed unique and creative artistic partnerships with classical guitarist James Grace, and he maintained an ongoing project of regular performances with London-based Joanne Rozario (clarinet and saxophone) including a critically acclaimed CD 'Close Your Eyes and Listen'. In recent years he has established a highly successful  and productive collaboration with Spanish virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras that has resulted in two Cd recordings of his own original music: INDIGO (2015) and MIDNIGHT BLUE (released March 2016).   Numerous national tours of South Africa have been undertaken and a tour of six concerts with GIO Orchestra in Spain took place in April 2016 and March 2017.  This featured Duigan's own music conceived for saxophone and piano with  the backing of orchestral forces.

Christopher Duigan began piano studies with Anette Kerkovius in Pietermaritzburg at the age of seven. He continued his  studies at the University of Natal with Italian concert pianist Isabella Stengel from age 14, graduating graduated with a B.Mus (cum laude).  Christopher furthered his studies at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson and Albie van Schalkwyk, graduating with an M Mus (Performance) in 1994, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester with Brazilian virtuoso Arnaldo Cohen. At the RNCM he was awarded the Professional Performer's Diploma (PPRNCM) and won first prize in the prestigious RNCM Recital Prize for Pianists. In addition he received the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition (1994), Crossly/Kramer Scholarships for International Study from UCT, 1st prize and Gold Medal in the Adolph Hallis Piano Competition (1996), awards for the best South African pianist in the UNISA International Piano Competition (1996), Gold Medal in the Pan-African Concours de Musique,  and the Cape Town Symphony's prestigious Joseph Lan Award for his performance of the Bartok Piano Concerto No 3 (1994). He has participated in master classes at Dartington Summer School with Stephen Kovacevich and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. 

In 2010 Christopher Duigan presented 'Celebrating Chopin', two recital programme marking the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth, in more than 30 performances including four performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The following year he presented two recital programmes on the 200th anniversary of the birth Franz Liszt in a number of concerts including an appearance at Steinway Hall/Centre for the Book, Cape Town.

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GALLERY


GALLERY

GALLERY


GALLERY

All pics by Val Adamson

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REPERTOIRE


REPERTOIRE

REPERTOIRE


REPERTOIRE

 CURRENT PROGRAMMES  - 2018

TWENTY POPULAR CLASSICS
Ritual Fire Dance - Manuel de Falla
Liebestraume - Franz Liszt
Prelude in C - JS Bach
Rustle of Spring - Christian Sinding
Reverie - Claude Debussy
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Edvard Grieg
Minute Waltz- Frederic Chopin
Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondo all’ turca - WA Mozart
Intermezzo - Manuel Ponce
Sonata in C - Domenico Scarlatti
Moment Musical No 3 - Franz Schubert
Prelude in C-sharp minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Revolutionary Etude -  Frederic Chopin
Raindrop Prelude - Frederic Chopin
Flight of the Bumble Bee - Rimksy Korsakov/ Rachmaninoff
Clair de lune - Claude Debussy
La Campanella - Franz Liszt

PAGES FROM GRANDMOTHER"S PIANO ALBUM
Brahms - Waltz in A-flat
Badarzewska-Baranowska - The Maiden's Prayer
Dvorak -  Humoresque
Poulenc - Les Chemins d’amour
Sinding - Rustle of Spring
Brahms - Bagatelle in A minor
Beethoven - Für Elise
Hamelin - Valse Irritation d’Apres Nokia
Jessel - Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Einaudi - L'onde
Chopin - Minute Waltz
Rubenstein - Melodie in F
Schumann - Traumerei
Ponce - Estralita
Mendelssohn - Song without Words
Schumann - Romance op 28 no 2
Beethoven -  Minuet in G major
Paderewski - Minuet in G major
Ardnt - Nola
Joplin - The Entertainer
Bratton -  The Teddy Bear's Picnic

TWENTY WONDERFUL (but not so familiar) PIANO SOLOS
Pavane: The Earl of Salisbury - William Byrd
Aria from Goldberg Variations - JS Bach
The Harmonious Blacksmith - GF Handel
Improvisation  No 15 (Hommage a Edith Piaf)- Francis Poulenc
Valse d’or - Heitor Villa Lobos
Automne - Cecile Chaminade
The Easy Winners - Scott Joplin
Menuet al’ Revescio - FJ Haydn
Toccatina - Matyas Sieber
Romance - Franz Liszt
Pirates of the Caribbean -  Radnich / Zimmerman
Hungarian Melody - Franz Schubert
Rondo in D - WA Mozart
Porz goret  from Eusa - Yann Tiersen
El ciebo - Carlos Guastavino
Gold over Blue - Ernesto Nazareth
English Country Gardens - Percy Grainger
The Lark - Glinka/Balakirev
Etincelles - Moritz Moskowski
Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 - Franz Liszt

 

THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK
Elite Syncopations  - Scott Joplin  (1902)
Dizzy Fingers - Zez Confrey
Three Preludes (1926) - George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
Song Book - George Gershwin
Swanee
Nobody but you
I'll build a Stairway to Paradise
Do it again
Fascinating Rhythm  
Oh, Lady Be Good
Somebody Loves Me
Sweet and Low Down
That certain feeling
The Man I love
Clap yo' hands
Do-do-do
My one and only
'S Wonderful
Liza - All the clouds'll roll away
I Got Rhythm
Who Cares as Long as You Care for Me?
Strike up the band

Nola  (1915) - Felix Arndt
Someone to Watch Over Me, My One and Only  - George Gershwin

 

 

 

 

CLASSICAL RECITAL
Chaconne in G - GF Handel
Sonata in C Op 53 'Waldstein' - Ludwig van Beethoven
Five Bagatelles - Carl Vine
Miroirs - Maurice Ravel
Polonaise Op 53 - Frederic Chopin

CLASSICAL RECITAL 2
Sonata Op. 25 Nr. 5 in F-sharp minor - Clementi
Kreisleriana Op. 16 - Schumann
Ramble on Love from Strauss “Der Rosenkavalier“ - Grainger
Piano Sonata Nr. 6 Op. 82 - Prokofiev

THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN  Frederic Chopin (1810 - 49)
Nocturne in E-flat op 9 no 2
Waltz in E-flat op  18
Nocturne in C-sharp minor op 27 no 1
Fantasie-Impromptu op 66
Waltz in A minor op 34 no 2
Ballade No 3 op 47
Nocturne in E-flat op 55 no 2
Ballade No 1 in G minor op 23
Nocturne in F minor op 55 no 1
Etudes op 10 nos 3, 4 and 12
Waltz in B minor op 69
Scherzo no 1 in B minor  op 20

BEETHOVEN :  EARLY, MIDDLE and LATE PERIODS
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major Op. 10 No. 2( 1796-98)
Robert Schumann - Noveletten Op. 21 No. 1
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor  Op. 27, No. 2, (1802)       
Johannes Brahms - Klavierstücke - Op. 118 Nos. 1 and 2
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No 30 in E major Op. 109 (1820

THE FRENCH PIANO
Gavotte and Six Doublets - Jean Philipe Rameau
Les Barricades Mystérieuses - François Couperin
Je te veux - Erik Satie
Gymnopédie No 1 - Erik Satie
Nocturne No 4 - Gabriel Fauré 
Les Soupirs de la Harpe Eolienne' - Frèdèric Kalkbrenner
Reflets dans l’eau - Claude Debussy
La plus que lente - Claude Debussy
Gymnopédie No 2 - Erik Satie
Golliwog's Cakewalk from 'Children's Coner' - Claude Debussy
Pavane pour une infante défunte - Maurice Ravel
La fille aux cheveux de lin - Claude Debussy
Gymnopédie No 3 - Erik Satie
Sur le fil - Yann Tiersen
Les chemins de l’amour - Francis Poulenc
La cathédrale engloutie -  Claude Debussy
Clair de lune - Claude Debussy
Alborada del gracioso - Maurice Ravel

 

THE MAGICAL MUSICAL WORLD OF CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Claude Debussy 1862—1918
Arabesque No. 1 (1888)
Rêverie (1890)
Danse (1890)
Images II (1907)
Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells through the leaves) 
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
       (And the moon descends on the temple that was) 
Poissons d’or (Gold Fish)

Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the Water)   from Images I (1905)
Golliwogg's Cakewalk  from Children's Corner (1908) 
Le plus que lente (1910)
from Preludes I & II: (1910, 1913)
Le puerta del vino  (The wine gate) 
La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) 
La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken cathedral)

 

 

 

GENERAL REPERTOIRE

Rameau
Gavotte and 6 Doublets
Bach    
Partitas Nos. 1, 2 and 4
French Suite No. 6
English Suite No. 6
Handel    
Chaconne in G HWV 435
Clementi    
Sonata in F-sharp minor
Haydn    
Piano Sonata in F, Hob XVI:23
Piano Sonata in D, Hob. XVI:37
Variations in F minor
Mozart    
Sonata in A minor K. 310
Sonata in D K. 311
Sonata in F K. 332
Sonata in B-flat K. 333
Fantasy and Sonata in C min K.475/457
Variations on "Unser dummer Poebel meint", K. 455
Rondo in D K. 485
Rondo in A minor K.511
Beethoven    
Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F
Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 3 in D
Piano Sonata Op. 13 in C min 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata Op. 22 in B-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 26 in A-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 1 in E-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 in C-sharp min 'Moonlight'
Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 in D min 'Tempest'
Piano Sonata Op. 53 in C 'Waldstein'
Piano Sonata Op. 54 in F
Piano Sonata Op. 57 in F min 'Appasisonata'
Piano Sonata Op. 81a in E-flat 'Les Adieux'
Piano Sonata Op. 90 in E min
Piano Sonata Op. 109 in E
Piano Sonata Op. 110 in A-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 111 in C min
Schubert    
Impromptus Op. 90 D.899
Klavierstuck D. 946 No. 1
Sonata-Fantasie in G major D.894
Chopin    
Sonata no 3 in B minor
Ballades Nos. 1, 3 & 4
Scherzos Nos. 1 - 4
Polonaises Op. 26 No. 1, Op. 40 Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 44, Op. 53
Polonaise - Fantasie Op. 61
Barcarolle Op. 60
Berceuse Op. 57
Fantasie Op. 49
Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66
Impromptu No. 1 Op. 29
14 Nocturnes
9 Waltzes
8 Mazurkas
13 Etudes



 

 

    

 

Schumann    
Fantasiestucke Op. 12
Kreisleriana Op. 16
Fantasie op 17
Arabesque op 18
Noveletten op 21 nos 1 & 8
Liszt
Annees de Pelerinage Vol II - Italy: 
Sposalizio
Il penseroso
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata

Transcendental Etude - Harmonies du Soir
Etude - La Leggierezza
Etude - La Campanella
Waldesrauschen
Funérailles
Valse oubliée No 1
Mephisto Waltz No 1
Valse oubliee
Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este
4 Hungarian Rhapsodies
Reminescences de Lucia di Lammermoor
Reminiscences de Don Juan
Brahms     Klavierstucke Op 118
Ravel
Miroirs
Noctuelles
Oiseaux tristes
Une barque sur l'océan
Alborada del gracioso
La vallée des cloches

Gaspard de la Nuit
Sonatine
Debussy    
Preludes Bk II
Images Bk I & II
L'isle Joyeuse
Selection short works including Danse, Reverie, La Plus que lente, Nocturne
Scriabin    
Sonata No 4
Nocturne and Prelude for the Left hand
Rachmaninoff    
4 Etudes & Preludes
Prokofiev    Sonata No 6
Ginestera    Danzas Argentinas
Villa - Lobos    Alma Braziliera
Grainger    
Rosenkavalier Ramble (R Strauss)
Flower Waltz (Tchaikovsky) 
Colonial Song
Bridal Lullaby
Shepherd's Hey
George Gershwin    
Rhapsody in Blue
Song Selections
Arnold van Wyk    Four Piano Pieces (1968)
Carl Vine    Five Bagatelles
Michael Blake    38a Hill St Blues, French Suite

Concertos
Mozart    
Piano Concerto K 246 in C
Piano Concerto K 414 in A
Piano Concerto K 415 in C
Piano Concerto K 459 in F
Piano Concerto K 466 in d min
Piano Concerto K 595 in B-flat
Beethoven    
Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat 'Emperor'
Chopin    
Piano Concerto No 2
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise
Liszt    
Piano Concerto No 1
Totentanz
Saint-Saëns    Piano Concerto No 2
Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No 1
Litolff    Scherzo
Ravel    Piano Concerto in G
Rachmaninoff    
Piano Concerto No 2 in c min, 
Piano Concerto No 3 in d min
Bartok    Piano Concerto No 3
Shostakovich    
Piano Concerto No 1
Piano Concerto No 2
Gershwin    
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto
Mozart    Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat K365
Poulenc    Concerto for Two Pianos

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