Five Duos


cello and piano
Commissioned by Jeffrey May for Richard May
First Performance
29.9.1987, Purcell Room, London: Richard May/Michael Dussek

Piano score and part 0-571-51627-0 on sale

Programme Notes

Colin Matthews Five Duos for cello and piano ‘Duo’ implies an equality of partnership, and in the fast second and fourth of these pieces the piano is no less important than the cello – in the fourth both are for much of the time playing in unison. The slower and more meditative first and third pieces allow the cello to take most of the melodic lead, while in the fifth (which follows the fourth without a break) both players are, so to speak, ‘stuck in the groove’ of their particular and independent music: this leads to a violent climax, and a shadowy coda. The Five Duos were written for Richard May between April and October 1985, and first performed by Richard May and Michael Dussek in the Purcell Room, London, on September 29 1987. Colin Matthews

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