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An Album for my Friends: Piano Solo

Instrumental Album | Sheet Music and Books

COMPOSER: Edward Gregson
PUBLISHER: Novello and Co
PRODUCT FORMAT: Instrumental Album
'The idea for this set of pieces initially came from writing one as a sixtieth birthday present (I shall not mention which one!). Having written one Baroque-titled piece, I gradually added more, until a whole suite of Baroquedances was completed. The stimulus of writing a modern set of piano pieces
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Composer Edward Gregson
Publisher Novello and Co
Product Format Instrumental Album
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
EAN 5020679222669
Instrumentation Piano Solo
No. MUSNOV100452
Composer Edward Gregson
Description
'The idea for this set of pieces initially came from writing one as a sixtieth birthday present (I shall not mention which one!). Having written one Baroque-titled piece, I gradually added more, until a whole suite of Baroquedances was completed.

The stimulus of writing a modern set of piano pieces based on Baroque models (in my case a mixture of the English and French Suites of Bach) is nothing new of course. Many twentieth-century composerswere inspired by the rigours of devising new ways of looking at Baroque dances, and in the process brought new life to the forms (in the case of Schoenberg’s Piano Suite of 1925, actually liberating his new method of 12-notecomposition from theory into practice).

For my part, the challenge was to write a set of pieces for the piano which would be technically suitable for both young and mature pianists, whilst still responding to thecompositional demands of creating interesting material, mainly organised through contrapuntal means (often just two-part counterpoint, as in Bourrée 1 or the Gigue),but sometimes through harmonic means (as in the Sarabande orGavotte).

In addition, the more personal nature of the genesis of the album resulted in each piece, or dance, being dedicated to a particular friend. Whilst their pianistic skills might vary quite considerably, they allshare a great love of music - something which unites us all.'

             - Edward Gregson

1. Paul’s Prelude
2. Adam’sAllemande
3. Clare’s Courante
4. Stefan’s Sarabande
5. Gaynor’s Gavotte
6. Brian’s Bourrée (Bourée 1)
7. Bethan’s Bourée (Bourée 2)
8. Maggie’s Minuet
9. Gavin’s Gigue
10. Phil’s Postlude
Songlist
  • 1. Paul's Prelude
  • 2. Adam's Allemande
  • 3. Clare's Courante
  • 4. Stefan's Sarabande
  • 5. Gaynor's Gavotte
  • 6. Brian's Bourree (Bourree 1)
  • 7. Bethan's Bourree (Bourree 2)
  • 8. Maggie's Minuet
  • 9. Gavin's Gigue
  • 10. Phil's Postlude
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