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Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (c1875) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Track(s) taken from CDA67050
Recording details: January 1998
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Rhodes
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

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Étude No 12 in A flat minor 'Prelude and Fugue'
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1986; published by C. F. Peters Corp., New York

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Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Prelude and Fugue, the final étude in the collection, was actually my first sizeable compositional effort. At the time of writing, I did not have a complete set of études in mind; moreover, the fugue was written first, and it was only natural that I should later preface it, in accordance with a long-established precedent. Retrospectively, it seems to me that the fugue in particular has a lot in common with the tarantella-like movement of Busoni’s Piano Concerto, which I was learning at the time. The work was never meant to become such a monstrous agglomeration of cruel virtuosic devices; I simply wanted to explore some of the possibilities of the rather silly fugue subject. Once started, the piece started going pretty much on its own, in directions I hadn’t anticipated.

I experienced a rather uneasy moment when, some time after completing the piece, I came across Sergei Taneyev’s Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op 29. I was alarmed to see that there were some startling similarities between the two fugues: same metre, same key (enharmonically), same pianistic terrains, and a very similar fugue subject. Please be assured that if this were other than mere coincidence, I would be honest enough to admit it!

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010


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'Hamelin: Études' (CDA67789)
Hamelin: Études

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