Featured on my 1st exclusive CD: RONALD HANNAH Chamber Music / Musique de Chambre / Kammermusik
Originally featured on "soundland alberta
le pays sonore" Music by Alberta composers
This piece, a kind of homage to Bartok, works very well considering that it was rather casually written, and originally for piccolo. It begins with a slow, chordal/modal introduction in the piano beneath a languid melody
in the flute. Abruptly a quick and sparkling 7/8 passage interrupts the
flow, flourishes for a moment, and spends itself. This pattern then repeats, though not literally, and finally the quiet section concludes. It was premiered by Jonathan Bayley on
a concert given by the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society (now called New Music Edmonton) in 1986, and has been performed several times since (see my "Request" box, below).
IN the old days, when I was giving away full scores
of my music, I asked to be informed of performances:
date, location, performers.
I know this little piece has become known and popular.
A tracker on the site tells me that it has been
heard hundreds of times, though not by whom.
Surely someone has bought and played it? BUT
no one has ever so informed me.
Maybe I'm famous in Albania - I'd like to know.
No one has said a word. Please, please, if you obtain a copy from the
Canadian Music Centre and decide to play it,
take a moment to send me an email!
You may hear a sample of it being performed with great panache by Shelley Younge, flute and Sylvia Shadick-Tayor, piano, at the sound control below. You might also seek out the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society CD entitled soundland alberta: le pays sonore, which contains other worthy works by Canadian composers as well. Concert Piece has more recently (2015) been performed in Vienna by Bernard Blary and Christopher Devine. Still more recently (2018) it appears on a beautiful video called "Un Voyage" made by Claire Venne, a Montreal artist who puts together collages of her artworks with music. She has used several of my pieces and I love her creations!
The score, and both CDs, are available through the Canadian Music Centre.