Seven Sketches for Piano
Although this set of piano pieces started as a \"homage to Bartok\" in the form of the first movement \"Unexpected Lens\", I quickly realised I wanted to create a suite of seven piano sketches, an oddly ambitious project for an instrument I can\'t play. I wanted to explore diverse compositional techniques, the piano seeming a logical and pleasing vehicle for such a stretching of compositional muscles. I have been fascinated by concepts of symmetry in music and art recently, and thus the final movement constitutes a kind of theme and variations, which takes a new theme (a collection of five tone-rows), and works backwards through the styles of the previously movements, with additional variations and adaptations, to create an overall encompassing arc. I once again have to thank George Holloway for his input and suggestions in completing this score.
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