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Six Pieces

Instrumentation: piano
Duration: 16:00
Year Composed: 2007
  1. Intermezzo
  2. Scherzo
  3. Elegy*
  4. March
  5. Intermezzo
  6. Nocturne

Six Pieces is dedicated to Michael Esch.

The complete set is included in the Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Syllabus (2015) [PDF], ARCT level.

*Arranged for string orchestra as Elegy for Strings.


Audio Samples

1. Intermezzo

4. March


Program Notes

The Ottawa Citizen described the first Intermezzo as "reminiscent of Chopin and Fauré with a light polytonal accent". The other Intermezzo is similarly romantic in tone, but expect contrast in the rest: crunchy dissonance in the furious Scherzo; stark lines in the Elegy; fugato in the strident March; and an effervescent Nocturne. Although each piece is self-contained, the set follows a carefully planned narrative and tonal arc.


Performances

  • [No.4] Nov 14, 2011—Frédéric Lacroix
    Café Paradiso "Contemporary Revolution" (Ottawa New Music Creators)
  • Nov 22, 2008—Michael Esch
    Robert Rival Doctoral Recital, U of T
  • Oct 31, 2007—Michael Esch
    Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
  • [Nos.1-3] Aug 31, 2007—M.Esch
    Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • [No.1] Jun 11, 2006—CBC Radio 2 broadcast
    "Music Around Us" (Keith Horner)
  • [No.1] Mar 20-21, 2006—Jean Desmarais
    Maxwell's Bistro "New Music in New Places" (Ottawa Chamber Music Society)

Reviews

"Other pieces of interest included Robert Rival's piano Intermezzo in A-flat [No.1 from Six Pieces], a work reminiscent of Chopin and Fauré with a light polytonal accent."
— Richard Todd (Ottawa Citizen)

Complete Audio & Score

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