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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Excursions (1993)
commissioned by South East Arts
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
27 Minutes

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Richard Rodney Bennett Excursions (1993)
Are three short piano movements which share the same name as a similar group of pieces by Samuel Barber. There is also an obvious link with Gershwin’s Three Preludes for piano. Each movement is structurally and stylistically very different. The first has a heavily syncopated first subject and a tender second theme; the second movement is much freer with a blues-like feel. The finale follows a jazz form more closely; extemporaneous variations or ‘verses’ which build up tension before ending and unexpected and humorous way.

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  • 02 APR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
    Paul Silverthorne (viola) and friends
  • 20 FEB 2006
    Luton Library Theatre, Luton
    Wu Quian, piano
  • 11 FEB 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    St James's Church, Piccadilly
    Julian Jacobson, piano
  • 14 JAN 2006
    St Peters Methodist Church, Cantebury
    Wu Qian, piano

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