Opus 64

Michael Parker
Michael Parker
Date de composition : 2014
Durée: 00:01:15
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 1 x Piano
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Notes de programme :
Refug(u)e was written as part of an ongoing project initiated by pianist Barbara Pritchard: “’Variations’ is a set of miniatures for solo piano…They are based (or not) on the composers’ reactions to the following excerpt from Maggie Helwig’s poem ‘The Other Goldberg Variations” (in Talking Prophet Blues): The piano is not the end, but the means, the mediator of body and music. The body is not the beginning, but must do for the moment. The music is not the end. The title of the work is a combination of the words “refuge” and “re-fugue.” Whenever I am in need of spiritual restoration I always turn to the music of Bach as my refuge. In form, the piece is a fugue, but is also a reworking of material from the original Goldberg Variations: hence a “re-fugue.” The first two bars of the Aria from the Goldberg Variations become the subject of the fugue. However, instead of developing this melody, I chose to combine the fugue subject with exact quotes from some of the variations in the Bach original (specifically Variations 1, 8, 17, 20, 23). There is a cadenza over (and under) lengthy trills in the middle of the piece and the work ends with a dramatic coda. For Refug(u)e, I was especially drawn to two phrases in the Helwig poem. I interpreted the phrases “the piano is not the end…the music is not the end” to mean that the music never stops. I have therefore ended Refug(u)e in such a way as to suggest that the fugue is continuing even though the pianist has stopped playing.

Renseignements sur la création :
20 Jan 2015, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto
Barbara Pritchard, Piano


  • Cote:
  • MI 2110 P242re
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • August 25, 2016
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • Score (landscape)
    4 pages
    Hauteur: 39 cm
    Largeur: 22 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :

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