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Title: Piano compositions for the left hand : history, technique and performance-practice
Authors: Farrugia, Charlene
Keywords: Composition (Music)
Piano -- Studies and exercises (Left hand)
Piano -- Methods
Piano music (1 hand)
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: This study was conducted primarily to research and perform the major works which have been composed for the left hand only. These compositions hold historical significance and therefore must not remain veiled and unknown. This thesis has four chapters and two appendices. Chapter 1 deals with the historical emergence of the works for the left hand, while the second chapter highlights the compositions, composers and performers who have contributed to this genre since its beginning. Chapter 3 then deals with the more technical aspect of these specific compositions while the last chapter is focused mainly on Ravel's Concerto Pour la Main Gauche, the work which will feature as my final performance for D.Mus. degree, to be held on 18th June 2013, at Manoel Theatre in Valletta, conducted by Dr. John Galea and featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Appendix 1 lists epic recorded performances of the Concerto Pour la Main Gauche, by some of the greatest pianists of our time, which include Leon Fleisher, Dmitry Bashkirov and Alichia de Larrocha. It also includes recorded performances by pianists who had some association with Ravel, namely Alfred Cortot, Jacques Février and of course Paul Wittgenstein. These recordings are of interest because of their connection, however tenuous, with the composer.
Description: D.MUS.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - SchPA - 2013

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