$5.99
Ricercare and Toccata
On a Theme from The Old Maid and the Thief
By Gian Carlo Menotti / ed. Albert Mendoza
Item: 00-44060
UPC: 038081494722
ISBN 10: 1470619458
ISBN 13: 9781470619459
PRICE: $5.99
Series: Alfred Masterwork Edition
Category: Piano Solo
Format: Book
Instrument: Piano
Level: Advanced
Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti composed his first opera in English, The Old Maid and the Thief, in 1939. It was commissioned by NBC as a radio opera (to be performed on air) and was premiered by the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Years later, Menotti adapted a theme from the opera's third scene, transforming and expanding it into an advanced two-movement work for solo piano. The first movement is a lyrical and emotive ricercare, which contains contrapuntal writing, elaborate flourishes, and flamboyant improvisatory gestures. By contrast, the second-movement toccata unfolds in steady, 16th-note perpetual motion with moments of musical humor combined with brilliant pianistic display. The concise work, approximately seven minutes in length, is often used in competitions and recitals. This edition contains helpful fingering and pedaling suggestions, as well as a discussion of form and a brief synopsis of the original opera.
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