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George Rochberg: Piano Music, Vol. 2

> 12 Bagatelles - No. 1. Drammaticamente e con un tempo libero
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 2. Scherzoso e tempo giusto
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 3. Con brio
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 4. Tempo di marcia
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 5. Quasi parlando
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 6. Satirico
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 7. Teneramente e liricamente
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 8. Giocoso
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 9. Intenso, con un sentimento di destino
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 10. —
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 11. Con moto, passionamente
> 12 Bagatelles - No. 12. Burlesca
> 3 Elegiac Pieces - No. 1. Molto cantabile e flessibile
> 3 Elegiac Pieces - No. 2. Poco adagio
> 3 Elegiac Pieces - No. 3. Adagio - Grave - Sorrowing
> Sonata Seria - I. Vigoroso
> Sonata Seria - II. Poco andante con espressione e flessibilita
> Sonata Seria - III. Giocoso ma non troppo

Album Summary

>Rochberg, George : Bagatelles (12), for piano
>Rochberg, George : Elegiac Pieces (3), for piano
>Rochberg, George : Sonata Seria, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"Volume 2 of Rochberg's complete piano music. These three pieces are (mostly) youthful efforts dating from 1945 to 1952....The later 12 bagatelles are serial experiments typical of the time. I'm not sure the composer was completely convinced of the ultimate usefulness of the system; but these are musical, expressive, and entertaining samples of the genre- and most important, they are very short. The style is closest to Schoenberg...but these little exercises do generally lead to firm conclusions, not enigmas as Schoenberg's serial essays tend to. Like everything else on this program, they are useful and show the composer's mastery of many of the mainstream languages in use at mid-century. Mr. Hirsh's performances are exemplary, as are his excellent notes."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, (1998/2001).



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>Rochberg, George : Bagatelles (12), for piano
  • Performer: Evan Hirsch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Rochberg, George : Elegiac Pieces (3), for piano
  • Performer: Evan Hirsch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1998

>Rochberg, George : Sonata Seria, for piano
  • Performer: Evan Hirsch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998