McLachlan obviously has spent time studying this piece. He plays it with sympathy and is understanding of the composites of melodies, dynamics, and rhythms. His dedication to this work is comparable to that of a pianist who studies the Goldberg Variations or Beethoven 's late sonatas.
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Ronald Stevenson: Piano Music. Outside music his interests are wide-ranging, embracing everything from the history of British Boxing to James Joyce!
He is a particular authority on 20th Century Scottish poetry and literature. Home About. Play Title. The work takes the principle of the passacaglia or chaconne — namely, strict variations on an unchanging subject, usually a ground bass , and applies it across a very large single-movement structure that divides into a cumulative design of many different musical styles and forms. Shostakovich used these four notes as a musical 'signature', for example in his Eighth String Quartet.
Stevenson's work takes more than an hour and a quarter to perform and may be the longest unbroken single movement composed for piano. It is extraordinary in its scope, the range of its reference to historic events, and the musical influences absorbed.
The work includes a sonata form first section, a suite of dances incorporating a sarabande , jig , minuet , gavotte and polonaise , a transcription of a Scottish bagpipe Pibroch , a section entitled To Emergent Africa involving percussive effects directly on the piano strings, a section resonating to Lenin 's slogan 'Peace, Bread and the Land'.Ronald Stevenson - Murray McLachlan, Chetham's Symphony Orchestra, Julian Clayton: Ronald Stevenson - Murray McLachlan, Chetham's Symphony Orchestra, Julian Clayton - Piano Concertos No. 1 'Faust Tryptich', Piano Concerto No. 2 'The Continents' (CD, Album, Re-) Olympia (2) OCD UK: Sell This Version.