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The Cross-Eyed Pianist
~The Halfpace Project~
steinways and sonatas
Variations for Judith
"The piece (called To Judith, from Judith composed by Judith Weir) is taken from a set written by an array of composers whose collective title is Variations for Judith for Piano, 11 short reflections on “Bist du bei mir” by G H Stölzel arranged by J S Bach. The collection was the brainchild of British composer Diana Burrell, who wanted to present a very special leaving gift to Judith Serota when she retired from her position as Executive Director of the Spitalfields Music Festival in East London, in 2007 (a job which she had enjoyed for 20 years). On the Introductory page, Diana Burrell explains: “There can be few people in the world whose love and enthusiasm for music exceeds Judith’s, and knowing that she had recently become a keen student of the piano, I thought that a specially-written collection of new compositions for herself to play would seem an appropriate gift. I consequently approached all of the Spitalfields Festival Artistic Directors asking them to write a short variation”.
The Variations have been written by an illustrious group of composers; Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Anthony Burton, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Stephen Johns, Thea Musgrave, Tarik O’Regan, Anthony Payne, and Judith Weir. Totally different stylistically, the piano pieces are unified by the Stölzel theme, and merely observing the differing approaches and compositional techniques employed by each composer, proves compelling.”
I was moved to another room shortly after this as the piano tuner arrived.
Missing my piano at home….electric vs the real thing is comparable to listening to music in the car and hearing it live….wish I could have a real piano!