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Kenneth Leighton

Publisher: Novello & Co

Six Studies (1969)
Novello & Co Ltd
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Programme Note
Kenneth Leighton Six Studies (1969)
Kenneth Leighton: Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op. 56
Adagio molto
Allegro molto e secco, molto ritmico
Adagio molto, misterioso ma molto expressivo
Allegro leggiero e capriccioso
Allegro molto, nervoso
Presto con bravura

The Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op. 56, written during 1968-69, were first performed by Colin Kingsley in the Freemason's Hall, Edinburgh, in 1972. It is one of several sets of variations which Leighton wrote for the piano. The variations are based on chord formations of four notes outlined in the opening bars. Each of the six movements explores some particular aspect of technique and texture and, whether in the stabbing insistence of the second and sixth movements, the bell-like intonations of the third or the capriciousness of the fourth, Leighton maintains an instinctive idiomatic ease throughout.

Score sample

  • Ensemble
    Choir of St Paul's Cathedral
    Stephen Hough
  • Soloist(s)
    Angela Brownridge
  • 15 JAN 2010
    Purcell Room - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    Richard Birchall (cello), Clare Hammond (piano), Maria Marchant (piano)
  • 16 SEP 2007
    Hotham Arts Centre, Bognor Regis
    Angela Brownridge, Piano

    Other Dates:
    6 October - Orpheus Club, Ealing, London
    13 October - Hampstead Parish Church, London
    16 October - Elysian Centre, London EC2
    2 November - Oban Cathedral, Oban, Scotland
    6 November - Reid School of Music, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland
    9 November - Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland
    10 November - The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Scotland
    14 November - Thwaites Empire Theatre, Bolton
  • 04 JUN 2004
    Seoul Arts Centre, Korea
    Na Young Kim, piano
  • 29 JAN 2004
    Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • 06 MAY 2003
    Akron, Ohio, US
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • 21 MAR 2003
    Olpe, Germany
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • 03 FEB 2003
    Harris Auditorium, Aspen
    Stephen Hough

    Other Dates:
    7 February - Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolia
    9 February - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York
    22 February - Washington Irving High School, NYC People's Symphony Concerts
  • 13 DEC 2002
    North Fylde Music Circle, Blackpool
    Angela Brownridge, piano
  • 19 NOV 2002
    The Elysium Centre, London
    Angela Brownridge, piano
  • 15 OCT 2002
    Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh
    Angela Brownridge, piano
  • 01 OCT 2002
    Seattle, Washington
    Stephen Hough
  • 10 SEP 2002
    Wigmore Hall
    Stephen Hough
  • 06 MAY 2002
    EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Akron
    Stephen Hough
  • 05 MAR 2002
    St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto
    Stephen Hough
  • 02 NOV 2001
    Abbots Holme
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • 13 OCT 2001
    Skidmore, New York
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • 27 SEP 2001
    Forum Theatre, Stoke on Trent
    Stephen Hough, piano

    Other Dates:
    29 September - Concert Hall, Holmes Chapel
    30 September - United Reform Church, Lymm

His [Kenneth Leighton's] piano music is notable for its deep understanding of keyboard technique, its vigorous rhythmic drive (often with suggestions of jazz), its variety of harmonic effects, and its exciting virtuosity. …[this] work can be fruitefully listened to as a set of études, related to each other by matters of colour, texture, and motivic gesture that one can intuit in a concertrated performance. This music has a sureness of intention about it, and a rightness of expression, which grasp the listener's consciousness.
Jonathan Saville, San Diego Reader,13/03/2003
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