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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
I have known Robert Keane (born 1948) for many years. He studied the piano with my main teacher, Nancy Weir, well before I went to her to be changed for life! His composition teachers included such luminaries as Edmund Rubbra, Benjamin Britten and Einojuhani Rautavaarra, and his PhD from the University of London was awarded for his work on the songs of Jean Sibelius. He says: ‘I like to write serious music that is also fun; and fun music that can be pretty darn serious.’ Perhaps The Tiger Tango falls into the latter category. It was written after a visit to the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi in western Thailand. There, tigers rescued from the wild are raised by Bhuddist monks for release back into a safe environment. The Tiger Tango is included in Keane’s Save the Animals Suite for piano, with companion pieces about whales, elephants, bears and orang-utans. Keane says: ‘My idea is that maybe pianists can help to save endangered animals, so each piece is dedicated to a distinguished Australian pianist, The Tiger Tango to my mate Piers Lane.’ If you want to help Save the Animals, the music is downloadable at www.robertkeane.com.au.
The piece is cleverly written. The start of the tango tune, after a few bars of introduction, is constructed from the letters in the word tiger. The letters Ti correspond to the solfege B, G and E follow, and then with R sounding like A(h), the motif ends on A. The slower middle section uses the same notes in a different order and down a semitone: A flat, G flat, E flat, B flat. Happy hunting!