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Goss, SM (2010) Portraits and Landscapes [Composition]

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Portraits and Landscapes (for piano) 1. Sound of Iona (Iona) 4 2. There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame (Jamie) 6 3. Rubha Hunish, Isle of Skye (Geraldine) 12 4. Waltz and Réplique (Calla) 14 5. Toccata (Stuart) 16 Stephen Goss (2010)for the Mitchell family and Emmanuel Despax Programme Note Portraits and Landscapes is a piece about people and places. Specifically, the Mitchell family and their landscapes of choice. The piece also makes reference to the music that resonates in their household – Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel. There are five short character studies each portraying a family member. Rubha Hunish was the first miniature to be written. It is the still centre of the set and evokes the tranquility and solitude of the Isle of Skye (when the weather is tame). I thought of Schumann’s song Zwielicht from Liederkreis Op 39, Liszt’s Nuages Gris and Wagner’s Tristan. These sources are distilled to their essence. This keystone of the set is flanked by two light-hearted pieces. There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame is a wild scherzo with a Scottish theme. It’s based on an air by Robbie Burns, which appears transformed into a jig. Waltz and Réplique is coquettish, cheeky and sentimental. In the Waltz, Schumann’s Valse Allemande from Carnaval Op. 2 is reworked – rhythms retained, notes changed. The Réplique is taken directly from Carnaval; literally a replica. The set opens with Sound of Iona, which remembers the few days a year when the Scottish sun is hot and the Sound of Iona is perfectly still. The music is static and calm. I had in mind two Ondine water pieces: by Debussy (from Préludes, Deuxième Livre) and Ravel (from Gaspard de la nuit). Ravel’s piano writing also informs the finale. The Toccata is bright and energetic – a virtuoso tour de force that brings the set to a sparkling conclusion. Stephen Goss, October 2010 Performance Notes Accidentals – In the metrically free sections accidentals apply until the next dotted bar line, and only in the octave specified. Courtesy accidentals have been liberally supplied for the sake of clarity. Metronome marks – are provided as a rough guide only and do not need to be strictly adhered to. Senza misura – in these passages, the notation has been laid out proportionally to give a rough idea of timing, but the performer is encouraged to employ much rhythmic freedom. Total duration – approximately 15 minutes (1. 3’45”, 2. 2’10”, 3. 3’30”, 4. 2’50”, 5. 2’15”) I would like to thank Emmanuel Despax for his input into this edition. The final version of the score incorporates a number of his helpful suggestions. Cover artwork: Geraldine van Heemstra Portraits and Landscape was commissioned by Stuart Mitchell for his family and for Emmanuel Despax.

Item Type: Composition
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Goss, SM
Date : 19 October 2010
Funders : Stuart Mitchell Capital
Uncontrolled Keywords : Piano Portraits Landscapes Stephen Goss
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2012 17:16
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 10:14

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