Bodnant Redwoods

Shocklach Diary Mvt.3 for solo piano

--- Martin Bussey

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Shocklach Diary Mvt.3 for solo piano

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Composer Martin Bussey
Year of Composition 2016
Duration 4'15"

Student Difficulty int-adv
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-mb2br1


Third of a set of six short pieces for piano which stem from moving in 2015 to a converted Methodist Chapel on the borders of Cheshire and Wales. Border lands have long been a strong interest. Links between place and music are hard to define and seldom absolute, but they form a common strand in much music that has influenced me. History reflected in music is another significant interest, present particularly in works such as Mary’s Hand, my monodrama about Mary 1, and my work exploring the life and poetry of Ivor Gurney, Severn Meadows.

‘Bodnant Redwoods’ began life in a summer walk through the towering redwoods in the gardens at Bodnant Castle. Immensely tall by British norms they are reflected in the expanse of keyboard used in the piece. Laid out on three staves, specific pedalling techniques enable melodies in octaves in both hands to merge and come back into focus.