for solo piano
dedicated to Ralph van Raat
duration c. 10′
first performance: recording for Naxos, March 2010
Ramble on Cortina
The term “Ramble” comes from Percy Grainger who I have always admired both as composer and pianist. He uses it for the kind of piece that other composers might have called a “Paraphrase” – his most notable exercise in this genre being the remarkable Ramble on Love, based on themes from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.
This “Ramble” is based on themes from my vocal laude, which derive from13th century manuscripts found in Cortona, Italy. Parts of this piece come from a short set of three variations on one of my laude (Lauda 13 ”
Stomme Allegro) that I wrote for students at the 2003 Victoria Piano Summer School in Canada. I revised this material and added more parts to the work – alluding to other laude – shortly after I had written my Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal) for Ralph van Raat. It is, effectively, my first piece for solo piano. It is dedicated to Ralph van Raat.