Two Etudes for Piano


First Performance
22.6.96, Aldeburgh Festival, Jubilee Hall: Ian Pace

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Programme Notes
Julian Anderson Étude No. 1 (1995) This is a short two-part polymetric invention, written for Sally Cavender’s birthday. It is centred around the pitch C, with varying amounts of accidentals colouring the modal field. Étude no. 2 (1995) This takes as its basic premise the black notes of the piano - that is, the pentatonic mode. This is coloured by varying numbers of white notes, and later on by transposition into many registers of the piano. The rhythmic writing works with the idea of implied metres and speeds, sometimes several in each hand. This piece was the earliest sketch for material which was later used more elaborately in my orchestral piece The Stations of the Sun. Julian Anderson

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