Rags, Blues & Parodies
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Unusual, contemporary vocal works in the tradition of Benjamin Britten.

There is nothing quite like the British composer Peter Dickinson's witty musical parody, with its humor at various levels. Who else would make a rag and a set of blues out of hymn tunes? Or turn the main themes of his Piano Concerto (TROY160) into a rag, which is actually played during the course of that work on an upright piano at the back of the orchestra? Or make a blues setting of Byron's "So we'll go no more a-roving" using a chord progression from Ravel and turn the whole thing into an Organ Concerto (TROY160)? Or have an offstage pianist piecing together fragments of a piano rag during his String Quartet No. 2 ? Or make a blues version of Edward MacDowell's salon classic, To a Wild Rose, calling it Blue Rose and consequently climaxing on Scriabin's mystic chord? And following this with a Wild Rose Rag? This CD is a collection to be enjoyed: five piano rags, five blues, three reworkings of Satie, two blues songs and two sets of songs, all presented as a complete program in the immediately attractive manner of all Dickinson's recitals, broadcasts and other recordings.
Contents:
Peter Dickinson, composer
Stevie's Tunes
Peter Dickinson, piano, Meriel Dickinson, mezzo

Peter Dickinson, composer
Concerto Rag
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Quartet Rag
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Blue Rose
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Wild Rose Rag
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Three Satie Transformations
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
A Red, Red, Rose
Peter Dickinson, piano, Meriel Dickinson, mezzo

Peter Dickinson, composer
Hymn-Tune Rag
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
So we'll go no more a-roving
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Patriotic Rag
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Four Blues
Peter Dickinson, piano

Peter Dickinson, composer
Extravaganzas
Peter Dickinson, piano, Meriel Dickinson, mezzo

Review:
"Dickinson's fascination with jazz, the blues, and, especially, ragtime lead to music that's charming... all the music here is very attractive and perfectly performed." (Fanfare)
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