Composer

Suite for piano

Duration: 15'

(2009/2013)

Description

for solo piano

Praeludium - Scherzino - Elegy - Intermezzo (Ostinato) - Toccata

The Scherzino was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth and may be performed as a separate item.

First performance of Scherzino: 8 May 2009, Andrew Zolinsky/Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK (live broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

Reviews

"[Lloyd Moore's 'Scherzino'] was highly chromatic, virtuoso music that created it's own unique sound-world and took the audience on a short, idiosyncratic and tempestuous journey."

(Symon Clarke, William Alwyn Festival review, British Music Society Journal)

Programme Note

This suite began life with its second movement, the Scherzino, which was written to a commission from BBC Radio 3 to mark the Mendelssohn bicentenary year in 2009. It was clear that this short piece had limited prospects for future performances on its own so I began to think about some other pieces to go with it. A contrasting Elegy subsequently ensued and this was followed by the other three movements to form the present sequence.

I am no pianist myself and although I had written for the piano before in an accompanying role, the challenge was to write idiomatically for the instrument while trying to preserve a modicum of musical personality through the medium of solo piano. To this end, apart from the final Toccata (which is a deliberate showpiece), I have on the whole avoided virtuoso histrionics and aimed for directness and simplicity expressed through clear, uncomplicated musical ideas and textures.