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732 O Lev Oborin (1907–1973) Russia Oborin taught piano at the Moscow Conservatory and was a distinguished pedagogue . He also had a fine career as a concert pianist. Quatre Morceau Op.2 1927 (USSR) 27pp. Non allegro–Inquieto–Rubato: outer sections are thin-textured and chromatic; midsection is a flexible melody accompanied by dense full chords at ppp dynamic level. Molto allegro– Affanato: driving rhythmic chromatic chords with brief Lento pp melodic interruptions. Molto allegro: contrary-motion arpeggios; fluent melodies over expressive but vigorous chordal accompaniment. Lento–Pesanto– Funèbre: chromatic and turgid. Style is a mixture of Scriabin and Shostakovitch . M-D to D. Sonata eOp.3 (UE) 47pp. Three movements, FSF. Virtuosic writing, same style as described for Op.2 but with even more Prokofieff-like toccata touches. D. Siegfried Ochs (1858–1929) Germany Ochs was an outstanding choral director as well as a composer. S’kommt ein Vogel geflogen (Schott 7165 1983) 19pp. Book 7 of Journal für das Pianoforte . Published with Cornelius Gurlitt, humorous variations on Ach du lieber Augustin. Ochs treats this German folk tune in the style of various composers, such as J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Johann Strauss, Verdi, etc. Clever and most appealing. M-D. John Ogdon (1937–1989) England Ogdon was regarded as Britain’s most outstanding pianist of his generation. Much of his composing was naturally directed toward his chosen instrument. His style is eclectic and highly pianistic. 5 Preludes 1965 (Ascherberg) 10 min. Bagatelle; Pensée héroïque; Hommage; Pensée militaire; In modo napolitano. Pianistically expert ideas directly expressed. Final piece is a kind of modern tarantella. M-D. Sonatina (Ascherberg 1965) 20pp. 10 min. Four movements. Freely moving tonalities , rhythmic problems, linear texture, M-D. Theme and Variations 1966 (Ascherberg) 6 min. Complex theme followed by ten variations, each complete in itself. Bravura style, rhythmic complexities. Liszt influence. D. Dance Suite 1967 (Ascherberg) 20pp. 61/2 min. Prelude; Sarabande; Arabesque; Cortège; Finale. Arabesque is pianistically colorful. M-D. okumura   733 Michal Kleofas Ogiński (1765–1833) Poland Oginski was a diplomat who left Poland after its partition. He agitated in Turkey and France for the Polish cause. Polonaise a (Les Adieux à la Patrie) (PWM 1956) 2pp. This piece was also known as “Death Polonaise” and was very popular during the nineteenth century. The Trio is very similar to Chopin’s early Polonaise B, BI 3. Int. Maurice Ohana (1914–1992) France Ohana was one of France’s most respected composers. He was of Spanish extraction and created a highly personal style rooted in the mysteries of folk music and bathed by the Mediterranean sun and sands. 24 Préludes (Jobert 1974) 47pp. 42 min. Clusters, harmonics, careful pedal indications , mostly unmetered, black- and white-key glissandi together. These pieces are conceived as a unit with immediate attaccas. Some improvisation is called for. Wide variety of rhythmic patterns; dynamics and range exploitation evident. Double-note percussive effects are highly effective in No.13. Some of the pieces are very short (No.23 is thirteen lines). Only a pianist with highly developed technique and interpretive powers could bring these off in performance. Performance directions in French. D. Sonatine Monodique (Billaudot 1945) 17pp. 12 min. Allegretto con motto: unisons, chromatic, thin textures, uses wide ranges. Vif: five-flat signature; scampering sixteenths broken up by Lento sections; moves to three sharps, concludes by canceling all. Andante: single-line introduction leads to thicker textures and faster tempi, fff climax. Animé: shifting tempi; slow, sonorous, cadenza-like section; returns to opening textures; drives to final climax. D. 12 Éudes d’Interpretation (Jobert). Explore different pianistic techniques and textures . D. Book I: Nos.1–6. Book II: Nos.7–12. Nos.11 and 12 with percussion. Hajime Okumura (1925–1994) Japan Japanese Children’s Songs for Piano 1964 (Ongaku-No-Tomo-Sha) 27pp. Fourteen charming songs; original flavor and sentiments retained. Includes information about each song as well as an English translation. Easy to Int. Japanese Folk Songs 1964 (Ongaku-No-Tomo-Sha) 2 vols. Int. to M-D. Odori 1961 (Ongaku-No-Tomo-Sha) 2 min. Bound with Sonatine IV. A short dance. Changing meters, octotonic lines juxtaposed with repeated chromatic chords, più lento midsection. M-D. Toccata under Construction (Zen-On 307 1972) 13pp. Energetic rhythms, contrasting sections, fast alternating hands, cluster-like chords, bitonal. M-D to D. Preludes to Three Flowers (Zen-On 287 1971) 8pp. Anemone; Hyacinth; Tulip. Clever, colorful characterizations. Int. to M...


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