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Seven Pieces

By Rodion Shchedrin

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Diary (Seven Pieces). Composed by Rodion Shchedrin (1932-). For Piano (Piano). Schott. 16 pages. Schott Music #ED9579. Published by Schott Music (HL.49008454).

With his five piano concertos, sonatas and 24 preludes and fugues Rodion Shchedrin is one of the most prominent composers for piano of our time. A gifted pianist, he has given the first performances of most of his works himself.

With the seven pieces in this Journal Shchedrin has created a cycle for piano reflecting his own life as a composer and pianist. These are remarkable confessions by the Russian musician who wrote his first major compositions as a twenty year-old student at the Moscow Conservatoire and who has been greatly involved in the international music scene in the post-soviet era.

Using modern composition techniques the work combines traditional and modern forms in jottings that are like diary entries • a musical autobiography in miniature.