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7 Airs & Fantasias

7 Airs & Fantasias

composer
1992-2007

 
The seven “intensely pleasant” Airs & Fantasias for solo piano were written between 1992 and 2007. The airs are essentially melody-dominated, and the fantasias are pieces in free form with a minimalistic use of repeated and rotating patterns. The pieces are intended to be performed individually or in numbered pairs, or as a complete collection. The subtitles are largely programmatic or self-explanatory, other than Air 3 (On an anagram) which uses a melodic motif based on the letters of a name. This performance of Fantasia 2 uses optional piano preparations (a small plastic ruler secured loosely in place over middle C to the E above, another ruler wedged between 2 of the 3 F strings, and a bent metal ruler from the next C up over a further octave). A&Fs 6-7 inhabit a different harmonic world to the other pieces, using a collection of chord relationships called “Twisted Harmonies”. A book of the whole collection (grades 6-8) is available to order from www.johnpitts.co.uk.

from notes by 1equalmusic 2013

Recordings

Pitts: Airs & Fantasias
1EMIPM08Download only

Details

No 01: Air 1: Gentle interweaving
Track 3 on 1EMIPM08 [3'34] Download only
No 02: Fantasia 1: Clockwork 5/4
Track 4 on 1EMIPM08 [3'23] Download only
No 03: Air 2: After Satie
Track 5 on 1EMIPM08 [3'06] Download only
No 04: Fantasia 2 (for prepared piano): On the Westminster chimes
Track 6 on 1EMIPM08 [4'11] Download only
No 05: Air 3: On an anagram
Track 7 on 1EMIPM08 [4'17] Download only
No 06: Fantasia 3: Parallel octaves
Track 8 on 1EMIPM08 [5'18] Download only
No 07: Air 4: Sarabande
Track 9 on 1EMIPM08 [3'49] Download only
No 08: Fantasia 4: Wind chimes
Track 10 on 1EMIPM08 [8'18] Download only
No 09: Air 5: Calmly contented
Track 11 on 1EMIPM08 [3'57] Download only
No 10: Fantasia 5: Bells in 9/8
Track 12 on 1EMIPM08 [3'38] Download only
No 11: Air 6: Modal twist
Track 13 on 1EMIPM08 [4'11] Download only
No 12: Fantasia 6: Half-second-hand
Track 14 on 1EMIPM08 [5'33] Download only
No 13: Air 7: Cantabile mist
Track 15 on 1EMIPM08 [5'56] Download only
No 14: Fantasia 7: All in a chord
Track 16 on 1EMIPM08 [5'54] Download only

Track-specific metadata for 1EMIPM08 track 7

Air 3: On an anagram
Artists
ISRC
GB-8CZ-09-00007
Duration
4'17
Recording date
21 August 2008
Recording venue
Victoria Rooms, Bristol, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Scott
Recording engineer
Jonathan Scott
Hyperion usage
  1. Pitts: Airs & Fantasias (1EMIPM08)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: December 2013
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