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Scorefollower Featured Composer #5

For those who are not yet aware, Scorefollower provide an invaluable service: they are a not-for-profit Youtube channel that posts videos of recordings of recently composed works synced with their scores. One of their services is to focus more deeply on certain composers, whom they treat as Featured, and I am now their #5.

The Piano Sonata is the first of my works to be posted, but there are more close behind.

 

The other Featured Composers are:

#1 Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf

#2 Panayiotis Kokoras

#3 Beat Furrer

#4 Jennifer Walshe

 

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. 

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