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Publisher: Chester Music

Chacony (1988)
commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
1988
Duration
6 Minutes
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Programme Note
Robert Saxton Chacony (1988)
The title, an anglicized variant of the French 'chaconne' used by both Purcell and Britten, describes the basic idea of the music. An ascending whole-tone scale, with the second degree omitted and beginning on the note D, falls at each repetition of a minor third. The fourth descending transposition therefore brings the 'ground' back to the original pitch, D.

The piece begins slowly, the 'ground' being assembled audibly and gradually. At the first descent of a minor third a second part enters at the original pitch level, so that the 'ground' harmonizes itself. By the time the complete process described begins again, the music has speeded up and is now in a low register. It ascends quickly and breaks into a dance, the 'ground' appearing in various registers. Eventually this arrives at a deep pounding passage which ascends once again and resolves into a slow sustained coda. The piece ends as the 'ground' reaches D in ringing octaves with the notes F sharp and G sharp. The final three pitches are the first three that were heard, but where the opening was tentative the end is now assertive and bright. Chacony lasts about six minutes and dedicated to Leon Fleisher.

Chacony was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Foundation with funds provided by the Arts Council. It was first performed on Monday 20th June 1988 by Leon Fleicher in The Maltings, Snape, as part of the 41st Aldeburgh Festival.

© Robert Saxton 1990

  • Soloist(s)
    Steven Neugarten
    Métier:
  • Soloist(s)
    Leon Fleisher
    Sony Classical:
  • Soloist(s)
    Steven Neugarten
  • Soloist(s)
    Steven Neugarten, piano
  • Ensemble
    Brunel Ensemble
    Conductor
    Christopher Austin
  • Soloist(s)
    Claire Hammond, piano
    Toccata Classics:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 09 OCT 2016
    Presteigne Festival Tour
    Great Hall, Swansea University, Wales
    Clare Hammond, piano
  • 29 AUG 2016
    St Andrews Church, Bleddfa, Wales
    Clare Hammond, piano
  • 25 APR 2015
    Schott, Great Marlborough Street, London
    Robert Keeley, piano
  • 01 NOV 2014
    Kyoto Concert Hall, Kyoto, Japan
    Yasuko Tasumi, piano
  • 25 JUN 2014
    City of London Festival 2013
    St Mary-le-Bow, London
    Claire Hammond, piano
  • 14 SEP 2011
    Performance Space, City University, London
    Clare Hammond

    Other Dates:
    31 January 2013 - Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester Univeristy, UK
  • 29 AUG 2010
    Presteigne Festival 2010
    St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, UK
    John McCabe
  • 22 FEB 2006
    Landscapes of the Mind: The Music of John McCabe
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
    John McCabe piano
  • 11 AUG 2004
    Three Choirs Festival 2004
    St Mary de Lode, Gloucester
    John McCabe, piano
  • 17 JAN 2003
    Derby Piano Society, Derby
    Ron Abramski, piano
  • 07 JAN 2003
    Park Lane Group Young Artist Concerts
    Purcell Room, London
    Alba String Quartet
    Nan Li, accordion / Helen Reid, piano
  • 10 DEC 2002
    Sunderland Pianoforte Soiety, Sunderland
    Ron Abramski, piano

    Other Dates:
    14 December - Darlington Piano Society, Darlington
  • 07 DEC 2002
    Gent, Belgium
    John McCabe
  • 06 DEC 2002
    Gent, Belgium
    John McCabe
  • 05 NOV 2002
    Bloomington, Indiana, USA
    John McCabe
  • 13 OCT 2002
    Little Gaddesden & District Music Club
    Ron Abramski, piano

    Other Dates:
    23 October - Chester Music Society
    25 October - Celyn Music Society
  • 10 MAY 2001
    US Embassy
    Ian Pace, piano

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