File JO/037 - Kaleidoscope for piano: 10 instrumental sonatas

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GB GB1179 JO-JO/037

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Kaleidoscope for piano: 10 instrumental sonatas

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  • 1963-1985 (Creation)

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80 ff.

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Duration of each sonata given: 84-86 minutes for all. Dedicated to the memory of Gioachino Rossini. Much corrected; non-consecutive pagination. Mixture of MSS and photocopies of copyist's MS. Sonatas originally located elsewhere, and brought together by Ogdon for the purposes of performance as "Kaleidoscope" - here numbered as "K-Sonata"; original sonata no.s given.. . ff.1-3 Title page, list of contents with duration and dedications, introductory phrase.. . ff.4-12 K-Sonata no.1 An American Sonata "Dedicated to my darling Brenda, from John for Christmas 1984" [piano sonata no.4]. Autograph MS. Pagination starts 32. Movements: 1 Allegretto Kansas Wheatfields; 2 Elegy for Sam Barber (Andante); 3 "In an old-time Dance-Hall" (Interlude); 4 Romance (Lento) (after hearing Ives' "The Alcotts"); 5 Finale (Allegro) (Barn Dance of the Old West). Dated "Nov-Dec 22 1984; revised ending Jan 4 1985". On back of p.40 [ie. f.37v] is sketch of sonata no.9 "in memory Ben W" variations - with ?variation 24 in B minor (f.38) noted "played by Brenda in the 1963 Bromsgrove Festival. . Pagination and exact sequence very confused.. . ff.14-29 Photocopy of copyist's MS of Piano Sonata no.4 "An American Sonata" dedicated to my darling Brenda, Christmas 1984.. . ff.31-49 K-Sonata no.2 in memory of Sir Anthony Berry [Piano sonata no.5] dedicated to Volodya Ashkenazy with love and affection from his old friend. Signed and dated Nov 1984-Feb 1985. List of movements: 1 Allegro; 2 "Midi" - a Nocturne "Homage to John Field"[cut]; 3 Poco Allegro [cut]; 4 Allegretto Intermede (Entr'acte); 5 Scherzo (Allegro); 6 Finale [cut]. Pagination starts at p.32 - originally with JO/027. . f.43, 44v are pp. 1 & 2, ff.44a r p.3, ff.45v-46 pp. 4-5, 47v-48 pp.6-7, 49v-49a r pp.8-9 of Concertino no.2. . ff.51-52 List of contents of K-Sonatas 6-10; title page for sonatas no.6 & 7 (ie K-Sonatas 3-4).. . ff.53-57 K-Sonata no.3 "Reminiscences of Scriabine dedicated with best wishes and affection to Basil Douglas." [Piano sonatano.6]. 2 versions; much cut and corrected. With list of quotations, and biographical note on Scriabine. Signed and dated Jan 1985.. . ff.58-60 K-Sonata no.4 "Reminiscences of Busoni dedicated with all good wishes to Charles and Kerda Webb". [Piano sonata no.7]. Cut and corrected. Movements: 1 Prelude; 2 Scherzo; 3 Siciliana "Greensleeves"; 4 "Fanfare"; 5 Gavotte Orientale; 6 Aria [cut]; 7 Carol "In dulci jubilo" and Mélodie [part cut]; 8 Finale. Dated Jan 6 1985.. . f.61 Title page for piano sonatas 8-10 (ie K-Sonatas 5-7). . ff.62-64r K-Sonata no.5 "Winter Nights" [Piano sonata no.8]. Signed. Movements: 1 Lento; 2 Scherzo [part cut and corrected]. "Completed Jan 20 1985".. . ff.64v-65r K-Sonata no. 6 "Reminiscences of contemporary music" [piano sonata no.9 - renumbered 10a]. In 23 short numbers. With suggestions for performance, and list of quotations.. . ff.65v-67 K-Sonata no.7 "An Irish sonata" [Piano sonata no.10]. 1st version movements: 1 Allegretto con spirito; 2 Fugato; 3 "Minuet"; 7 Finale "Mattashins (based on a theme by the Irish composer Denis Bloods)". 2nd version "To Michael and Frances Biggs with happy memories of Dundrum" movements: 1 Allegro non troppo; 2 Fugato; 3 March. Incomplete. [Some stray pages identified in JO/057, miscellaneous fragments].. . f.68 Title page for sonatas no.s 11-12a (ie K-Sonatas 8-10). Signed.. . ff.69-71r K-Sonata no.8 "Sonata Super Boris" [Piano sonata no.11] . In 7 movements, much cut and corrected: 1; 2; 3 Varlaam's Song [cut]; 4 Aria; 5 Romance; 6 ?Nancy's Song; 7 "Gathering of ?Buyers & Death of Boris; Epilogue". "Completed Jan 23 1985".. . f.71v K-Sonata no.9 "Sonata-Tapestry" [piano sonata no.12]. Much corrected.. . ff.72-74 K-Sonata no.9 "Reminiscences of Rossini dedicated to Rodney and Cynthia and to T[homas] B[aron] P[itfield] because of his devotion to the Tarantella" [piano sonata no.12a]. In 21 short movements. 2 versions?. . ff.75-80 Copyist's score (original) of Sonata no.12A "Reminiscences of Rossini dedicated to Rodney and Cynthia with love - and to T[homas] B[aron] P[itfield] because of his devotion to the Tarantella". Movements: 1 "La Streghe"; 2 "Semiramide"; 3 "Barbiere di Siviglia"; 4 "Barbiere"; 5 "La Muette de portici (Auber)/Weber 4th Sonata"; 6 "Festin d'Esope Alkan"; 7 "Barbiere di Siviglia"; 8 "Bliss concerto"; 9 "Mendelssohn Tarantella"; 10 "Glinka Tarantella" 11 "Cuius anima"; 12 "Balakinoffs (sic) Tarantella"; 13 "Chopin's Tarantella"; 14 "Rossini La Danza"; 15 "Saint-Saens 2nd Concerto Finale"; 16 "La Streghe e Semiramide"; 17 "Liszt's Tarantella"; 18 "Overture Guillaume Tell"; 19 "Le Festin d'Esope Alkan"; 20 "Dido Forsaken of Clementi"; 21 William Walton's Partita"; 22 "Adolphe Wilklund Concerto"; 23 "Tanhauser overture Wagner"; 24 "Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin ("Toccata")".

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