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6 Piano Etudes: III. Cathedral Waterfall — Homage to Messiaen

Augusta Read Thomas
3 min

Etudes #1 and #2 (1996)
Commissioned and premiered by Judy Seibert, Brock University, St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, 20 March 1997 (errata note: In the G. Schirmer publication, Etude #1: the final note of bar 24 is a D natural)

Etudes #3 and #4 (2003)
Commissioned by the American Pianists Association, through the Christel Award, for 1995 Classical Fellow James Giles
Premiered by James Giles, Indianapolis, Indiana, 20 April 2003; London's Wigmore Hall on 16 April; and Helsinki's Sibelius Academy on 19 April

Etudes #5 and #6 (2005)
Co-premiered by Amy Dissanayake on 3 March 2006, at Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, and by Stephen Gosling on 23 March 2006 at Merkin Hall, New York, New York

Durations of the Movements

I. Orbital Beacons — Homage to Berio: 4 minutes
II. Fire Waltz — Homage to Bartók: 2 minutes
III. Cathedral Waterfall — Homage to Messiaen: 3 minutes
IV. On Twilight — Homage to Boulez: 2 1/2 minutes
V. Rain at Funeral — Homage to Morton Feldman: 3 minutes
VI. Twitter-Machines — Homage to David Rakowski: 2 minutes

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