Nocturnes and Reflections
This is a collection of 36 piano pieces dating from 1995 to 2002. At times enigmatic, at others direct, the writing captures and reflects a myriad of moods, revealing Skempton's highly original voice. Although most of the pieces were composed for seasoned performers, they are suitable for any pianist seeking worthwhile and imaginative contemporary repertoire.
- Sheet music | 40 pages
- 224 x 306 x 6mm | 181.44g
- 13 May 2004
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Bolt from the blue ; Decision Time ; Ecossaise ; Eighteen Golden Bars for Julian ; Familiar ; Gestalt ; Goldsmiths ; Guitar Caprice ; Horham ; Leamington Spa ; Liebeslied ; Lyric Study ; Memorial Prelude ; Monogram ; Octaves ; Penumbra ; Rameau Variation ; Reflections 1-11 ; Resister ; Scorrevole ; Starlight ; Three Nocturnes ; Two Pinter Poems ; Zwischenspiel
The only virtuoso piece is one for Gutman, Octaves, otherwise most depend on rhythmic wit and the ability to create atmosphere; an easily accessible face of 20th century piano writing. * Pamela Lidiard, EPTA Piano Professional, Jan 05 * Howard Skempton is a composer I have admired for some time. These pieces are short, to the point, and truly beautiful. His preoccupation with sound rather than technical complexities make all works in this volume available to grade 4-7 players and the concise musical nature of his pieces should encourage teachers to include them in their work. * MMA Ensemble Jan 05 *
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.