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Suite for Piano

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By Francis Kayali

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Piano Solo - Level 5 - Digital Download
Composed by Francis Kayali. 20th Century, Concert, Contemporary. Score. 26 pages. Francis Kayali #5718759. Published by Francis Kayali (A0.973026).

Item Number: A0.973026

Composed between January and March 2003, the Suite for Pianowas written for a recital by pianist Qi Liu (1976-2017), at Stony Brook University,in March of 2003.

The openingof the first movement evokes bells, not unlike those in Rachmaninoff’s "Rus­sianEaster" (the finale of his First Suite for Two Pianos). This is contrasted witha short and murky rising gesture. The middle section incorporates pianisticpatterns (some reminiscent of Debussy), a yearning Ibe­rian melody, and abarely-recogniz­able snippet of Chopin used for a climax. The murky gestureeventually returns, introducing a triumphant state­ment of the opening bells.

Early on, I had decided thepiece should include references to the other pieces on the re­cital’s program:Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 (op. 31, No. 3) and Brahms’s F minor So­nata(op. 5). As soon as I had word from Qi that she was going to play theBeethoven, I immedi­ately wanted to hear it. I wasn’t familiar with the piece,and since I didn’t have a score or a re­cording of it at home, I decided todownload it in MIDI format from the internet. Unbeknownst to me, the computer’srendition transformed the lively sec­ond movement scherzo into a slow-movinghymn which reminded me of the Ode to Joy. I was quite sur­prised the next morn­ingwhen I went to the mu­sic library and listened to a re­cording played by ahuman. Nonetheless, I was drawn to the melody, and I found the slow effect interesting,so I de­cided to base my middle movement (the slow movement) around the themeof Beetho­ven’s scherzo, making it the hid­den theme for a short set ofvariations. The end of the movement also contains less direct refer­ences tothe music of Brahms (very short allu­sions to the Sonata and to the Variationson a Theme by Haydn).

The last movement explores fast and light fingerwork, in asort of toccata or capriccio, pro­viding a flashy ending to the piece. As inthe first movement, the form is A-B-A. Before the return of the first section,a little dance evokes the opening of the piece. (The "murky" gesture from thefirst movement also finds its way into this last movement).

Each of the three movements experiments at one point withusing the sustain pedal in order to create a wash of sound. This effect is usedmost prominently in the second movement.

Movement I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-NKcs076UI

Movement II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSxkOcdlpiY

Movement III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CntmWYdOA9Y





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