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Four Short Pieces, Op 6

composer
1936

 
Howard Ferguson (born Belfast, 1908) studied at the Royal College of Music with R O Morris. His published compositions include orchestral, choral, vocal and instrumental works; but since 1960, when he found he had nothing more to say, he devoted himself to musicology, including editing the keyboard works of Purcell, Croft, Dagincour, Schubert and others.

The Four Short Pieces were completed in 1936 from sketches begun four years earlier. They were first performed by Pauline Juler and the composer at Wigmore Hall on 12 October 1937. Though so short—an irreverent friend referred to them as ‘The Four Whitebait’—they are sharply contrasted in mood, and each one is written in a different ‘mode’ (the equivalent of white-note scales on the piano) beginning on the following notes: No 1, A; No 2, E; No 3, D; No 4, F.

from notes by Howard Ferguson and Robert Matthew-Walker 1997

Recordings

English Music for Clarinet
CDD220272CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

No 1: Prelude: Non troppo allegro
Track 4 on CDD22027 CD1 [0'52] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 2: Scherzo
Track 5 on CDD22027 CD1 [0'35] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 3: Pastoral
Track 6 on CDD22027 CD1 [1'52] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4: Burlesque: Con Spirito
Track 7 on CDD22027 CD1 [1'11] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66014 track 4

Prelude: Non troppo allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-81-01404
Duration
0'52
Recording date
1 February 1989
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Alun Francis
Recording engineer
Bob Auger & Stuart Smith
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for clarinet and piano (CDA66014)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: January 1989
    Deletion date: September 1997
    Superseded by CDD22027
  2. English Music for Clarinet (CDD22027)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 1997
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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