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Caprice, Op 3
composer
Allegro con moto; dedicated to Vilborg

Recordings
'Catoire: Piano Music' (CDH55425)
Catoire: Piano Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55425  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2014' (HYP201409)
Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2014
HYP201409  Download-only monthly sampler  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55425 [4'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on HYP201409 [4'01] Download-only monthly sampler

Caprice, Op 3
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Marked ‘Allegro con moto’, the Caprice is one of the most brilliant and fascinating of Catoire’s shorter early pieces. Dedicated to Vilborg, one of Catoire’s first teachers, it is in G flat major, and encompasses a basic tripartite structure that also binds an interesting tonal plan. The more lyrical secondary theme outlined in octaves is in A major, which falls by a major third to the dramatic central section, ‘meno mosso’, in F major. This is only eight bars long, and as the material retraces its steps (via A major), the secondary theme is treated to greater development. The central drama is recalled in D flat, the dominant of G flat, and the recapitulation alludes to all the material before a whimsical close.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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