Canons & variations (...after Bach)

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Canons & variations (...after Bach)

Bach’s Goldberg Variations of 1741, while considered one of the masterworks of the High Baroque, is also an anthology of character pieces doubling as canons and variations. Pianist Rob Keeley has selected a number of these character pieces to perform. Three 20th
century composers, Dallapiccola, Donatoni and Copland, all of who considered Bach an essential influence, will be represented by analogous collections: Copland’s steely modernistic Piano Variations of 1930, Dallapiccola’s exquisitely lyrical and dramatic ‘Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera’ from 1952, and, from more recent times, a selection from ‘Francoise Variationen’ by Franco Donatoni,
each a variation, or ‘re-reading’ of its immediate predecessor.

ROB KEELEY is Senior Lecturer in Composition in the Department of Music at King’s. He studied composition with Oliver Knussen at the Royal College of Music and later with Bernard Rose and Robert Saxton at Magdalen College Oxford. In 1988 he studied at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Franco Donatoni, and at the Tanglewood Summer Music School, where he was the Benjamin Britten Fellow in Composition. Before joining King’s in 1993 Rob worked as a freelance pianist and repetiteur, working for Opera Factory, Almeida Opera and Garsington Opera. He gives frequent recitals (both solo and with singers) covering a wide range, but with a particular interest in exploring out-ofthe-way repertoire.

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