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Étude No 5 in G minor 'Toccata grottesca'
2008; published by C. F. Peters Corp., New York

'Hamelin: Études' (CDA67789)
Hamelin: Études
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Track 5 on CDA67789 [4'38]

Étude No 5 in G minor 'Toccata grottesca'
Although Toccata grottesca fortunately ended up having a personality of its own, it is actually modeled closely after a preexisting piece by another composer. This was a pure experiment on my part, and I am quite surprised at how I was able to adhere to the model without making the derivation obvious (at least I don’t think it’s obvious!), considering how similar the texture and form ended up being. Understandably, I don’t wish to reveal the identity of the original, and I am interested to know how skilful I was in masking the source of my inspiration. (Who is it that once said ‘originality is the art of concealing one’s source’?) It is not a terribly well-known work, although someone with a sufficiently broad knowledge of the piano literature might recognize it. I woke up one morning with the first eight bars of this étude fully formed in my head, and I immediately thought ‘hey, that sounds a little bit like …’. And so the piece was born.

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010

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Details for CDA67789 track 5
Recording date
10 November 2009
Recording venue
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Hamelin: Études (CDA67789)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 2010
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