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Michael Houstoun | Lilburn - music for solo piano - downloadable MP3 ALBUM

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Michael Houstoun | Lilburn - music for solo piano - downloadable MP3 ALBUM

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In 2010 I was approached by playwright Dave Armstrong to see if I might be interested in being part of Rita and Douglas, a theatrical presentation built around the letters written to Douglas Lilburn by painter Rita Angus. The letters that Lilburn wrote to Angus were destroyed, so his contribution to the dialogue in the show was replaced by his music. It is a marvellous concept, and the show has achieved great success. As Rita, actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand triumphed in solving the difficult problem of turning words that were written to be read into powerful and moving speech.

To help Dave in his selection of the music, I made a study of all of Lilburn’s compositions for solo piano – a much larger corpus than I had realised. Although this album does not comprise a soundtrack of Rita and Douglas, a considerable amount of music from the show has been included. It may be fair to say that the balance is made up of music I might have liked to be in the show but for which there was no room.

In the end we have come up with something of a ‘sampler’ – music from all periods of Lilburn’s life: a sonata, a sonatina, longer short pieces, shorter short pieces, music for children, and incidental music for Shakespeare’s plays. I am grateful to Dave (and Jennifer, Conrad, Paul, Nik, Caroline, Lucie and Abby) without whom there would be no Rita and Douglas and without whom I might never have come to know this wonderful and valuable music.

– Michael Houstoun, October 2012

Track Listing:

  1. Sonata for Piano in Three Movements 1949, Mvt 1 06:42
  2. Sonata for Piano in Three Movements 1949, Mvt 2 05:19
  3. Sonata for Piano in Three Movements 1949, Mvt 3 05:15
  4. Four Preludes for Piano: No. 1 01:59
  5. Four Preludes for Piano: No. 2 01:08
  6. Five Bagatelles for Piano: No. 1 03:38
  7. Five Bagatelles for Piano: No. 4 05:09
  8. Five Bagatelles for Piano: No. 5 03:36
  9. Moths and Candles: A Dance for Children 01:29
  10. Music Box No. 1 02:49
  11. Prelude for Piano from Three Sea Changes, Mvt 1 02:39
  12. Prelude for Piano from Three Sea Changes, Mvt 2 02:24
  13. Prelude for Piano from Three Sea Changes, Mvt 3 02:59
  14. Rondino 01:21
  15. Willow Song 01:39
  16. Player's Music 03:31
  17. Prelude 1951 03:05
  18. Sonatina No. 2 for Piano, Mvt 1 03:47
  19. Sonatina No. 2 for Piano, Mvt 2 02:21
  20. Sonatina No. 2 for Piano, Mvt 3 02:43
  21. Still Music for W.N.R. (1973) 01:10
  22. Prelude for Piano: No. 1 01:31
  23. Prelude for Piano: No. 2 02:24
  24. Occasional Pieces for Piano, Poco lento 01:39
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