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Toccata in C major, Op 6

composer
1811; originally titled Caprice ou Toccata

 
In 1811, four years after the C minor piano sonata, Onslow composed an entertaining ‘Caprice ou Toccata’ (as it was styled in the first edition), a test of leggiero playing at speed that refracts the spirit of a Baroque toccata (complete with hints of fugal texture) through an early Romantic prism. Could Schumann have remembered Onslow’s work when he came to write his own strikingly similar Toccata in the same key, Op 7, nearly two decades later?

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

En 1811, quatre ans après sa sonate pour piano en ut mineur, Onslow composa un divertissant «Caprice ou Toccata» (c’est ce que mentionne l’édition princeps), un exercice de jeu leggiero exécuté à une allure qui réfracte l’esprit d’une toccata baroque (avec allusions à une texture fuguée) à travers le prisme du romantisme naissant. Schumann se rappellera-t-il cette œuvre quand, presque vingt ans plus tard, il en viendra à écrire sa Toccata op. 7, étonnamment similaire et dans la même tonalité?

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2012
Français: Hypérion

In 1811, vier Jahre nachdem er die Klaviersonate in c-Moll geschrieben hatte, komponierte Onslow ein unterhaltsames Werk mit dem Titel „Caprice ou Toccata“ (wie es in der ersten Ausgabe genannt wurde), eine Übung im schnellen Leggiero-Spiel, wobei der Geist der barocken Toccata (sogar mit Anklängen an fugale Texturen) aus frühromantischer Sicht interpretiert zu sein scheint. Erinnerte sich Schumann möglicherweise an Onslows Werk, als er seine eigene, auffallend ähnliche Toccata in derselben Tonart, op. 7, fast zwei Jahrzehnte später schrieb?

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Spohr & Onslow: Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67947Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67947 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-94716
Duration
4'05
Recording date
15 November 2011
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Annabel Connellan
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
Hyperion usage
  1. Spohr & Onslow: Piano Sonatas (CDA67947)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 2012
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