22 August 2016
In a new regular column, editor Erica Worth chooses a favourite score from the current issue
Glazunov Pastorale op 42 no 1
I’m not quite sure how I came across this gorgeous piece, but once I did, I was hooked. I was looking for pieces by composers who are not known for their piano writing. Who would have ever thought Glazunov wrote for the piano? I certainly didn’t – until now!
This score appears inside the current issue of Pianist (issue 91). I would say it’s for the Intermediate to Advanced level pianist. Yes, it’s tricky to learn, but it sits well under the fingers. And it’s beautifully romantic. It reminds me a little of Chopin’s Barcarolle (but not as tricky). The melody stays within your head for days. Do give it a try. Here's the first page, just to whet your appetite.
WATCH our talented house pianist Chenyin Li perform it too!
Also, inside the current issue you can read John Evans’ fascinating article, ‘Lost Treasures’, where he goes on a hunt for piano pieces better known for their work in other musical genres. He finds glittering gems from the likes of Bruckner, Copland, Glazunov, Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saëns.