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Scarlatti Cadences And Brainstorm

For Piano

By Sebastian Currier

Chamber Piano
For Piano. Composed by Sebastian Currier. This edition: Carl Fischer Piano Music Edition. SWS. Carl Fischer Piano Music Edition. Classical. Softcover. With Standard notation. 24 pages. Carl Fischer Music #PL123. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.PL123).

Item Number: CF.PL123

ISBN 9780825862977. 9 X 12 inches.

Scarlatti Cadences and Brainstorm joins together two pieces that were conceived separately. The first embellishes the cadences, scale fragments and patterns familiar from the keyboard sonatas Invitational for performance by the semi-finalists of the l2th Van Cliburn Competition. One of five composers so honored (each contestant had to choose one of the selected works); Currier's pieces were chosen by five of twelve semi-finalists, making him the grand prize winner of the second American Composers Invitational.

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  • 4

    James Elkins
    Williamstown, MA
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  • November 03, 2011 Very interesting pair of pieces

    The second piece here, "Brainstorm," is almost a perpetuum mobile of rapid sixteenths in both hands, punctuated by loud chords. It echoes, and emulates, the Danse Sacrale from the Right of Spring, in 11/16, 13/16, 5/8, etc.The first half, "Scarlatti Cadences," is in A:B:A...

    form, beginning and ending with slow passages that quote actual figures in Scarlatti. Currier collages them together, adding high grace notes, which Scarlatti never would have done. The result is a kind of tour of plaintive, minor, and unresolved moments in Scarlatti. The middle, "B" section is a fierce allegro, developing some simple sequences and chords into a kind of mad schizophrenic Scarlatti improvisation. Like the "Brainstorm," it creates an odd effect, as if Scarlatti and Stravinsky were put through a minimalist algorithm, stripping them of forward momentum and harmony and leaving their energy and poignance. The first half can be played by anyone who plays Scarlatti. The second half is advanced.

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