Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Birthday Gifts
Three Short Pieces for Piano
Recently discovered among the composer’s papers, these three short pieces extend the idioms of the major works into the intimate world of the keyboard. The first piece is a study in sarabande rhythm; the second, Molto lento, a frosty evocation of Winter. A rousing Pezzo ostinato – a favourite form, completes the collection. Performers of intermediate grade and beyond will relish the chance to play music by arguably our greatest composer, who wrote sparingly yet discerningly for the piano.