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Peter de Jager premieres PdeJ 1 (facetiae) at the MRC on 6 December

It's short notice, but I would draw people's attention to Peter de Jager giving the first performance of my PdeJ 1 (facetiae) in the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre on December 6 2017 (that's right ....tomorrow). This piece is the first of an eventual three PdeJ pieces, all from the heretical bagatelles set: the others are PdeJ 2 (austere measures) and PdeJ 3 (laminar flow).

And, for those already consulting wiki, facetiae is a general term for witticisms, or more precisely, apophthegms.  Cicero collected them. Bracciolini is only a single example.

The other works on the program are predominantly Bach, from the '48', as the concert title Book 2, Part 3, indicates, with a smattering of other small pieces, including two canonic preludes by Stanchinsky and a Medtner Skazka. The choice of works is yet another demonstration of Peter's wide-ranging and innovative approach to programming.

Alex Raineri gives the first performance of new piano work flex for AR

In the course of the 2017 FREEDMAN CLASSICAL FELLOWSHIP CONCERT Alex Raineri gave the premiere of my new heretical bagatelle, flex for AR, and very beautiful it was too. For time reasons Alex gave a slightly abbreviated version; the premiere of the complete work is yet to occur, but I will ensure it gets a mention here.

In recent years I have had the satisfaction of working with truly great pianists, including Mark Knoop, Marilyn Nonken, Peter de Jager, and now Alex Raineri. It has been a pleasure working with all of them and not only do I look forward to writing more works for Alex, but I also have more heretical bagatelles planned, starting with one for each of these other brilliant players. 

APRA AMCOS Arts Music Awards 2017--Peter de Jager wins Performance of the Year!

I am delighted to be able to announce that Peter de Jager's 9 October 2017 performance of my Piano Sonata won the APRA AMCOS 2017 Arts Music Awards PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR category. While I can take no direct credit for his performance I can at least express my pleasure in having provided the vehicle for Peter's extraordinary talent. In my opinion, his performance of the work at the ABC in July this year was even better than the one last year, and I strongly encourage fans of superb pianism to listen to it when you have a couple of hours free. 

On October 17 Peter will be playing the major keyboard works of Xenakis at the Melbourne Recital Centre in a concert entitled DOUBLE MANUAL: if you miss it you'll regret it!

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