Piranesi’s Fantasies

for solo piano

Emma-Ruth Richards

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Composer Emma-Ruth Richards
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ca. 7'

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Piranesi’s Fantasies has been written in response to the philosophy of the artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) whose work is characterised with dramatically rich textures and very bold contrasts of light and dark.

As well as combining many professional activities, ranging from archaeology to engraving, Piranesi was a polemicist advocating a free and eclectic employment of elements from the past to give meaning, continuity, and power to modern design. In c.1745 he brought out a series of architectural fantasies which he entitled lnvenzioni. .. di Career; (Inventions, or Imaginary Views, of Prisons) in which terrifyingly megalomaniac scale, Baroque illusion and bare surfaces combined in new ideas of architectural expression designed to suggest awe, intensity, terror and cavernous vastnesses.

Piranesi’s Fantasies also carries influences from the theme of the Arioso of Beethoven’s sonata for piano No. 31, Op. 110.