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Robert Saxton: Chacony For Piano, Left Hand: Piano Solo

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COMPOSER: Robert Saxton
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT FORMAT: Single Sheet
Written by Robert Saxton in 1988 for piano, left hand only. 'The Chacony was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival and first performed there in 1988 by the American pianist Leon Fleisher. In rising to the challengeofwriting for left hand alone, Saxton has reduced the basic material (the
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Composer Robert Saxton
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Piano
Product Format Single Sheet
Description Product Type Book [Softcover]
Genre Classical
Year of Publication 1999
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9780711963481
No. MUSCH61325
Number of pages 12
Description
Written by Robert Saxton in 1988 for piano, left hand only.

'The Chacony was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival and first performed there in 1988 by the American pianist Leon Fleisher. In rising to the challengeofwriting for left hand alone, Saxton has reduced the basic material (the underlying ground bass theme) to the simplest element: a whole tone scale. Thus, the opening section gradually reveals, via a clear indication that D majoristhe central tonality of the work, the scale through a series of hesitant gestures, the main body of the piece bursting out of the tensions created in the intervals of the scale, especially the tritone (which plays animportantpart in the melodic version throughout).

As with, say, the finest variation sets or grounds of a composer like Byrd, the considerable virtuosity of the keyboard writing always stems from the musical or intellectualstimulus, andis never mere empty show. This is a virtuosic response to the challenge of the imposed limitations, beautifully written for piano and culminating in a final section in which D is once more resoundingly affirmed as thecentre ofthe work, though, with equal resonance, the tritone has the last word.

Duration c. 6mins.

Song List
  • 1. Chacony For Piano
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