Piano Project 2015
We are delighted to announce the results of the Piano Project 2015 call for scores. Once again the call attracted many high quality entries; we wish to thank everyone who took the time to enter, and hope that we’ll hear from you again. The selected works are, alphabetically by composer:
Conversation III and Conversation IV – Yvonne Eccles
The ghostly gondola and When the sun sets – Abraham Espinosa
Two seconds to midnight – Stephen Daltry
Lazing, Spinning and Becoming – Emily Dolittle
Tango for piano duet – Melanie Green
The climb and Kooky Boogie – Chris Lamb
Watching butterflies – Henry Law
A Persian Lullaby – Elspeth Manders
Prelude for piano – Ian Mitchell
Quintango and Lament I – Jenni Pinnock
Rising fifth – Gareth Price
The Sans Souci Waltz – Gary Randall
4×3, Ballade and Shapes – Doug Thomas
Whimsical Waltz – Peter Thorne
Comedy Scherzo – Tim Torry
Etius Suite – Lee Westwood
Wistful Waltz – Lucy Wickers
These pieces will be performed by Dylan Christopher, David Mitchell, Elspeth Manders and local piano students in a concert at 7:30pm on 4th November at the Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL; tickets £5 on the door or via the CMPA Box Office (01206 712 999; email@example.com).
Dylan Christopher has posted an analysis of the Piano Project 2014 pieces: see here for the full text. We reproduce the abstract below:
PIANO PROJECT 2014: REPORT AND ANALYSIS OF PIECES SUBMITTED AND PERFORMED AND THE PRESENTATIONAL FACTORS AFFECTING THEIR ACCESSIBILITY FOR ASPIRANT PERFORMERS
Dylan Christopher In collaboration with CNM
This report presents an analysis of the pieces written for submission to the call for scores by Colchester New Music titled Piano Project 2014. All of the music submitted was written for aspirant musicians for use in performance and teaching. The pieces featured were performed in a concert in October 2014.
A total of four weeks preparation time was given to all performers to prepare for the concert. During this time, minimal input was given to the students to prepare their performances. This was to achieve the unbiased conditions under which aspirant musicians would come into contact with the source material.
The paper draws upon primary research in the field via preparation and performance of the submitted material. Through analysis of the musical scores, and testimony from elected student-performers, a better understanding can be gained into what elements of the presented pieces are accessible to aspirant musicians.
Pianist Dylan Christopher has now completed studio recordings of all the pieces and movements performed at October 2014’s Piano Project concert. They are available at colchesternewmusic.com/listen/piano-project-2014.