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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.


Complete Audio

Performances by Michael Esch, 2007. Posted with kind permission of the artist.

1. Intermezzo

2. Scherzo

3. Elegy

4. March

5. Intermezzo

6. Nocturne


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)

Score Perusal and Purchase

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