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Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the 20th century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally ...» More
My father, Alan Lane (1932–2002), was not yet an Australian when he composed his Suite, of which the Toccata is the fourth movement, in 1957. He was still living in his native London, where he and my mother, the Australian Enid Hitchcock, had married the year before, after meeting as students at the Royal College of Music. My father studied piano there with Norman Greenwood, and composition with Herbert Howells. He composed a cadenza to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1, which Kendall Taylor (my mother’s piano professor and my own over twenty years later) performed at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. Emigration to Australia in 1958 was timely. My father commenced teaching at the newly established Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he became a much-loved lecturer in harmony and counterpoint and an admired educator at a national level. Though he composed some film music, his main output was for piano. Many of his students have achieved notable success, none more so than the composer-violist Brett Dean. The Toccata contrasts biting quartal harmony and chromaticism with a sweepingly lyrical middle section.