Piano Quintet

Piano Quintet : Score and parts

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for piano quintet Inspired by Rothko canvases, this 15 minute study starts by revolving around a high D, acting as a line of centrifugal force from which microtones pull away. Gradually little interruptions and playful ripples begin to disturb the sustained notes until they grow into a frenetic rondo and end by building to a climax dominated by a similar high note. Various musical ideas are utilized throughout, effectively emulating the textures and gradations of colour employed within a painting.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 152 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 488g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193364557
  • 9780193364554

Review quote

Michael Berkeley's one-movement Piano Quintet (2009) belied its austere, abstract title. It takes its inspiration from examples in the genre by Faure and Schumann and, more radically, from the late paintings of Mark Rothko. An explosive, rhythmically-charged central section was contrasted with serene, sustained material, consisting of a line stated at the openinga very high D starting in unison and then gradually pulled one way and another in microtones. Playing at just under 15 minutes, Berkeleys new piece was gripping and superbly crafted with deeply affecting espressivo writing acting as an effective foil to propulsive, genuinely fast sections. There was a sense in which the composer, now in his sixties, was beginning to push the boundaries of his hard-won art: the results were wonderfully refreshing and invigorating. * Paul Conway, Tempo, 5 March 2009 * Berkeley's Piano Quintet made vivid use of an idee fixe - a high-D drone that motivated, anchored and magnetised the entire 15-minute argument. A Mark Rothko painting was apparently Berkeley's creative starting point, and you could sense it in his engagingly "physical" palette, but the music also had a gritty temperament of which Dvorak might have approved. * Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 9 March 2009 *show more

About Michael Berkeley

Berkeley studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Richard Rodney Bennett. Since winning the Guinness Prize for Composition in 1977, his music has been played all over the globe and by some of the world's finest musicians. His output ranges from solo instrumental to a series of concerti and the operas, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Jane Eyre. He has been Associate Composer to both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is currently featured composer to the New York Philomusica. He has been commissioned for leading festivals in Europe and Australia and by the BBC Proms. Much of his music, including the operas and virtually all the orchestral music has been recorded, principally on Chandos. Recent projects include Collision, an electro-acoustic collaboration with artist, Kevin Laycock for the Fuse Festival in Leeds, and Gabriel's Lament, a large-scale work for the BBC NOW and their chorus.show more