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Raven's Flight for piano solo

By Joseph Dillon Ford

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Piano Solo - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Joseph Dillon Ford. 21st Century, Impressionistic, Neo-Classical. Score. 2 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.432801).

Item Number: S0.432801

One of four scintillating new romantic works continuing the ongoing tombeau series, for accomplished pianists and synth performers.

The four pieces are:
1 "Raven's Flight" [9/8, e-flat, D]
This tombeau reveals a darker aspect of the romantic spirit and calls for both considerable bravura and dynamic control to weave its mysterious spell.

2 "Escala" [4/4 and other meters, G-flat, D]
This vividly programmatic piece, unlike the composer's previous tombeaux, bears a subtitle linking it specifically to Chopin and his sojourn at Valldemosso on the island of Majorca (1838–39). The unusual style of this piece is intended to evoke the kind of music Chopin might have composed had he adopted a specifically Spanish idiom. Its A-B-A' form describes the progression from a sunny seaside scene, through a landscape of dark pines and thistles, to the nocturnal quiet of the Royal Carthusian Monastery (G-flat major) where the composer resided with his lover, novelist George Sand.

3 "Coquetterie" [2/4, A-flat, D]
In this ebulliently tongue-in-cheek piece, the composer summons up the atmosphere of a fashionable French salon of the nineteenth century in which ladies and gentlemen coyly exchange glances—and even an occasional opinion about the latest romance novel.

4 "The Abduction of Princess Elena" [3/8, f, D]
After rejecting several alternate titles, this vivid tombeau eventually became linked in the composer's mind with Russian painter Victor Vasnetsov's great oil titled "Ivan Tsarevich Riding the Grey Wolf" (1889). Vasnetsov's scene depicts the abduction of Elena by Ivan and his lycanthropic sorcerer friend as they flee into a dark, deep forest. The music conveys not only the strength and agility of the Gray Wolf, but also the mounting anxiety of the young couple who, by the end of this wild ride, have unexpectedly become enamored of one another. This fairy tale has a happy ending, as the couple, after further adventures, are finally married.

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