Giles Swayne: Riff-Raff for Organ

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Publisher: Novello
Composer: Giles Swayne
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
Born in 1946, Giles Swayne started composing at an early age, and in his teens was helped by the advice and encouragement of his cousin Elizabeth Maconchy, whilst studying the piano with Gordon Green. After leaving school he attended Guido Agosti's piano classes at the 1964 Accademia Chigiana summer school in Siena, and that autumn went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied the piano with Phyllis Hepburn-Lee and composition with Nicholas Maw. In 1968 he won a composition scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 34
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV360034

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        Riff Raff interprété par P cabrera organiste espagnole. Une oeuvre, une interprétation, un souffle, magistral! Si Dieu existe, alors on n'en est pas loin. Un retour à l'émotion, un détour par l'abstraction. Une des plus belles oeuvre contemporaine, d'un compositeur trop méconnu: les hautes sphères de l'art.
        Anonymous - (Clarensac, France.)
        Swayne gave us organists with his "Riff raff" in my opinion one of the greatest organ-works of the 20th century. Only a few notes will build up a great picture of his art to develop an new style of organ-music. This style concerns no melodies, but short accords and a great richness of jazz-rhythms. You need a great cathedral-acoustic and a great organ to play this beautiful work and to touch it´s spirit. I cannot understand why "Riff-raff" isn't better known and more performed, especially in Germany. I like and perform it very much.
        Marcus Strümpe - (Duisburg, Germany)

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