Collected Piano Pieces
Fifty-five short pieces, the earliest of which dates from 1967, the most recent from 1993. Taken as a whole, this selection of pieces (chosen by the composer) provides a rich overview of the keyboard music of one of Britain's most original and fascinating composers.
- Sheet music | 48 pages
- 202 x 292 x 8mm | 181.44g
- 10 Oct 1996
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Air ; Beginner ; Campanella ; Campanella 3 ; Campanella 4 ; Chorale ; Colonnade ; The Durham Strike ; Eirenicon ; Eirenicon 2 ; Eirenicon 3 ; Eirenicon 4 ; Even Tenor ; First Prelude ; Friday's Child ; A Humming Song ; Intermezzo ; Invention ; June 77 ; Maestoso ; Memento ; The Mold Riots ; Of Late ; One for Martha ; One for Molly ; passing fancy ; Piano Piece 1969 ; Piano Piece for Trevor Clarke ; Postlude ; Quavers ; Quavers 2 ; Quavers 3 ; Quavers 5 ; Resolution ; Riding the Thermals ; Ring in the Valiant ; Rumba ; Saltaire Melody ; Seascape ; Second Gentle Melody ; senza licenza ; September Song ; Simple Piano Piece ; Slow Waltz ; Surface Tension 3 ; Swedish Caprice ; Sweet Chariot ; Tender Melody ; Toccata ; Trace ; Two Highland Dances ; una barcarola eccentrica ; Well, well, Cornelius
Skempton's harmony is nothing if not explicit, and precise, and he wrings maximum effect from a pared minimum of matter. This music is Irreduciblist. The pieces contain nothing they do not need, and nothing could be subtracted without loss. There's no rhetoric, no bravura display, no smokescreen of Postmodern irony, no false naivety. Skempton composes essences, and they go straight to the heart. * Tempo *
About Howard Skempton
Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. Renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language, in recent years he has concentrated increasingly on writing choral and vocal music. His choral commissions include works for the BBC Singers and the Belfast Philharmonic Society.