Avatar is a Sanskrit word meaning, variously, a 'passing down', 'an embodiment' and 'a visible manifestation of an abstract form'. In this powerful work, the abstract forms are three note-rows that are mined for their intervallic content.
The works in this collection were specially commissioned by the 1994 GPA Dublin International Piano Competition (with funding provided by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon) as test pieces for the competition.Brian Boydell, John Buckley and Jane O’Leary, three of Ireland’s most prominent co
This is CMC’s second collection of test pieces specially commissioned by the 1997 Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition with funds provided by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. John Kinsella’s pianistic meditation, Reflection II, contrasts with Kevin Volans’ energetic March.
This work is based on the opening motif, a 'take' from Messiaen (D flat-C flat-B flat), hence the 'French' in the title. The fact that it is 'kind of blues-y' accounts for the second part of the title.
Seventeen pieces from Grade Two upwards, progressing from the intriguingly titled 'A Dangerous Mission in Space' and ‘Schumannesque Arabesque’ to a more challenging set of six pieces which explore the intervals of the scale.
These five short ‘postcards from Sicily’ were written at the request of the German pianist, Gertrud Firnkees. ‘Following a holiday in Taormina’, the composer writes, ‘I attempted to capture some of the warmth and colour of Sicily in musical miniatures.