Le Cygne (The Swan)

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My youngest son Leif was learning the piano part. We wanted to surprise his teacher, Graeme Humphrey, with a private performance. It was during piano practise that I started thinking 'why not!', why not compose my own swan! The idea is not a new one. There is a beautiful - and difficult! - Swan by Finnish composer Selim Palmgren (1878- 1951), and a variante on Saint-Saëns' original by his student Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), enriched in the deliciously imaginative way so typical of him. For my own undertaking, I wanted part of the material to associate with Saint-Saëns' Swan, to be immediately recognisable. Beyond beauty and resplendence, I sought no further. Two different endings hint at Saint-Saëns' original, in which the last chord of the piano part has the length of an eighth-note. A remarkable end to a piece of such dignity and grandeur, possibly eccentric, but it often leads to performances ending on a fermata for both players. This is unquestionably very beautiful and atmospheric, and comes with a guaranteed effect on an audience which is ready to seek relief in a sigh. This to be weighed, of course, against the composer's own design. Your call.


Product IDCOBS012946645
Composer/Artist/Author Mats Lidstrom
Instrumentation Cello & Piano
Publisher CelloLid.com
Publisher Ref No CL113
Language Eng
Media Book & Part(s)

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