Studies in Canonic Form

(Robert Schumann arr. Tom Coult)

 

I – Nicht zu schnell

II – Mit Innigen Ausdruck

III – Andantino

IV – Innig 

V – Nicht Zu Schnell

VIAdagio

 

Schumann’s Studies in Canonic Form Op. 56 were written for the ‘pedal’ piano – an adaptation of a piano with bass notes played by the feet, allowing players to practice the organ domestically. These pieces show great contrapuntal skill and canonic technique, but the severity of the title belies the character of the music – this is music of great wit, charm, beauty and elegance.

My arrangements, made for the young players of the Britten Sinfonia Academy, aim to match these qualities through orchestral colour – sometimes highlighting the canonic structure, sometimes disguising it.

Performances:

 

13 July 2018
Britten Sinfonia Academy, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, UK

 

12 July 2018 
Britten Sinfonia Academy, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, UK

World premiere

Instrumentation

chamber orchestra: 2(II=picc).2.2.2, 2.2.0.0, hp, perc(1), strings

Duration

16 mins 30

Year

2018

Commission

Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia Academy

Category
Orchestral