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Toccata 'Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona', BV287
composer
1920

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'Busoni: Late Piano Music' (CDA67951/3)
Busoni: Late Piano Music
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Toccata 'Preludio, Fantasia, Ciaccona', BV287
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A major piano composition from Busoni’s late years is the Toccata, a stark and concentrated work at the beginning of which the composer, misquoting Frescobaldi, wrote ‘Non è senza difficoltà che si arriva al fine’ (‘One does not reach the end without difficulty’). It opens with a virtuoso Preludio based on a motif from the opera Die Brautwahl. Then follows a seven-section Fantasia, with contrasting tempos, in which the lyrical theme entrusted to the Duchess of Parma in Doktor Faust is heard twice. The concluding Ciaccona, based on a four-bar energetic sarabande rhythm, culminates in two stretto sections. The second is quite striking, with octaves in both hands, flying in opposite directions.

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

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