Richard Emsley’s 42-minute piece for piano 13 will be performed by Philip Thomas at St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield on Tuesday 22 October.
This work was commissioned by Philip Thomas in 2003 with funds from Arts Council England.
Three qualities which I value in Richard Emsley’s music are the tendency toward prolonged and sustained lyricism; the creative approach to musical time and its measurement; and the way it provokes me as a pianist to explore the subtleties of touch.Philip Thomas
On the same day at 4:30 pm Richard Emsley will be giving a talk at The Centre for Research in New Music, Huddersfield (CeReNeM) about the software he wrote for to help him experiment with particular compositional techniques and then to hear the results aurally, with especial reference to for piano 13.
The 42-minute duration of the thirteeth piece of the series for piano represents my first attempt to construct an extended work for solo piano, here based on an alternation of assertive bell-like with reflective lyrical writing, subjected to an overall process of a remorseless radical reduction of the music’s technical means. Philp’s commission for a big piece thus allowed me to greatly extend the possibilities afforded by the software, particularly the shaping of musical material over long tracts of time.Richard Emsley
Tuesday 22 October 2019, 1:15pm
Philip Thomas – piano
for piano 13, by Richard Emsley. Duration: 42 minutes
St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield