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Piano Sonata on the Sound barrier

I was pleased to be invited into the studio by Ian Parsons to be interviewed for his PBS106.7 show the Sound Barrier, an interview which went out on air last Sunday, and can be heard on his website. The chat was interspersed with recordings of several of my pieces: tilt, sulle scale della Fenice, ik(s)land[s], E-330 plays, eigenmomenta, light-strung sigils and AB1. The recordings of both E-330 plays and AB1 feature the pianist Peter de Jager, for whom I wrote my 98' Piano Sonata, which Ian is going to broadcast this coming Sunday, January 19, prefaced by a short interview with Peter himself--this too will be available for streaming after the broadcast. It is pleasing to have such a range of my work aired as an upbeat to 2020, and I hope it proves a cheering start to the year for those of you who get to hear it. 

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 was the first of my works to be posted, and now the Flute Tetralog: dé/ployé, sulle scale della Fenice, closing lemma, the vier Darmstädter aphorismen, plus the intercut sadness of detail are all live.

I am very grateful to Scorefollower for the opportunity to have my works featured in this way. Long may they thrive!

 

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.