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840 S Kaija Saariaho (1952– ) Finland An international composer, Saariaho has lived since 1982 in Paris, where she has worked with electronics and tone color. She was the recipient of the 2003 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Prelude (Chester 72534 2007) 8pp. Marked Sempre calmo, dolce, leggeramente. Atmospheric with trills, ostinatos, and glissandos at soft dynamic levels. Introduces theme in LH near beginning and develops it by reordering pitches and fragmentation. Special pedal effects give an Impressionistic air. M-D. Guy Sacre (1948– ) France Thème Varié 1979 (Leduc 1981) 8pp. 51/2 min. Flowing theme followed by eleven contrasting variations. Mild harmonic style suggesting Fauré. Efficient writing, especially beautiful conclusion. M-D. 24 Préludes 1980–83 (Durand 1993) 27pp. 22 min. These highly contrasted character pieces are short, say what they have to say, and end—no padding anywhere . Freely tonal. Some are pedaled; all contain metronome indications. M-D. Piccolissima—Sérénade 1979 (Durand 1988) 15pp. 11 min. Preludio; Barcarola; Quasi Minuetto; Berceuse; Madrigale (based on Ganymède); Notturno; Finale. Neotonal (almost Impressionistic at moments), freely chromatic, flowing lines. M-D. Deuxième Sérénade 1981–82 (Durand 1988) 20pp. 14 min. Ligurienne; Gondoliere; Scherzo; Cazone; Mandoline; Autre Canzone; Saltarello. Attractive suite, freely tonal, some surprising harmonies, refined ear. M-D. Harald Saeverud (1897–1992) Norway Saeverud is the best-known composer in Norway after Grieg. Siljuslatten Op.17 (NMO). From “Siljustöl,” the name of the composer’s home in Bergen. Short character pieces. M-D. Tunes and Dances from “Siljustöl” (EMH). 4 vols. Int. to M-D. Vol.1: Op.21, five pieces; clever, No.5 the most adventurous. Vol.2: Op.22, five pieces; four charming pieces plus No.5 “Ballade of Revolt,” which was the rallying cry of the Norwegian underground during World War II. Vol.3: Op.24, five pieces; more contemporary style; “Beware Bear!” is most appealing. Saint-Saëns   841 Vol.4: Op.25, five pieces. Expanded tonal usage. 6 Sonatinas Op.30 (EMH 1948–50) 29pp. Some have two, some three movements. All are short, with thin textures. Many moods, mild twentieth-century harmonies. Contains fresh teaching material. Int. See: Lorentz Reitan, “Harald Saeverud (1897–1992) Born in a Graveyard,” Listen to Norway 5/1 (1997): 34–38. Ketil Saeverud, see Ketil Hvoslef. Tormod Saeverud (1938– ) Norway Saeverud is a son of Harald Saeverud. Five Small Tone Poems (NMO 1969). Short, attractive settings. Easy to Int. Three Novelettes (NMO). Capriccio; Elegi; Humoreske. Freely dissonant, Neoclassic . M-D. Tide Rhythm (NMO). Race; Tune; Springtime; Footprints in the Sand; Happy Lovers; Tide Rhythm. Jazz influences, freely tonal. M-D. Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (ca.1739–1799) Guadeloupe Boulogne was the son of an African mother and a French parliamentary councillor . His family moved to Haiti, and then in 1749 to Paris, where he became an expert fencer as well as one of the most romantic and memorable figures of the age. It is believed that he studied violin with Leclair and composition with Gossec . His works are vibrant and well written. Adagio f (Merion 1981) 5pp. Mournful melody, ostinatos, frequent rests, subtle. Anticipates Beethoven and the Romantics to a certain degree. Performance notes by Natalie Hinderas. Int. Collection of Pieces for the Countess of Vauban (Richardson, Bauer—Africanus Editions AE-0141–15 1999) 26pp. Eight pieces in classical style. Allegro. Andantino . Adagio. Grazioso. Grazioso. Tempo di Menuetto. La Vauban: a charming character piece. Les Badinages de l’Amour. Int. to M-D. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) France Saint-Saëns was a brilliant pianist with a fine sense of style. He was an excellent craftsman—facile, elegant, and well grounded. His piano writing can always be counted on to glitter and flow without much emotional depth. He has been called the “French Mendelssohn.” 6 Bagatelles Op.3 1856 (Durand) 21 min. Similar to some of the Chopin Impromptus ; already displays the clarity which distinguished the works that followed . One of the few sets of Bagatelles composed at this time. M-D. 1ère Mazurka g Op.21 1862 (Durand) 5pp. 3½ min. Lighthearted with grace. M-D. Gavotte c Op.23 1871 (Durand) 5pp. 4 min. Dignified, requiring firm fingers to keep chords precise. M-D. 2me Mazurka g Op.24 1871 (Durand) 7pp. 4 min. Trills provide colorful embellishment to the playful character. M-D. 6 Études Op.52 1877 (Durand; K) 22 min. Prélude. Pour l’indépendance des doigts . Pr...


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