Gusztáv Fenyö - piano
Moseley, b. 1943 Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, lives near Chesterfield with
his wife, Margaret. “My wife built the house (in 1976) and I made the sandwiches.”
They have two children and two grandchildren, a dog and a dwindling number of
hens. Euan taught mostly geography and history then latterly music before retiring.
After a few years he decided to try composing. Written in 2001, “P.T.” is his
first work. “It was a new year’s resolution ... a piece each week. 20 seemed to
be the right number. The biggest problem was keeping the Steinway clean while
fitting the engine. In February tinnitus caused a six month lay-off. I remember
starting No.7. There were those surreal 9/11 T.V. pictures. A couple of weeks
after Christmas was spent tidying up the pieces, seeing where the music looked
better with rather than without key signatures and discarding a half-finished
No. 21. 20 was the right number. In any case there was only enough food and petrol
to get home.” “I try to keep fit so I can climb safely; this means most mornings
scampering across the moors or cycling for a couple of hours.
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No.1. This is the most
abrasive of the 20.
No.2. Quick passages and slow chordal passages.
Subtle movement across the lower octaves.
No.4. The shortest of the Topographs.
No.5. A respite in waltz-time.
No.6. A jazzy and totally unexpected sidestep.
A kind of chess involving pianist and listener.
No.8. A mercurial scherzo.
This section moves into a gentle waltz-time.
No.10. Be prepared for the unexpected.
No.11. A delicate allegro
No.12. Uncharted territory.
A melody in 7/4 and 8/4.
No.14. A place to linger before the reminder.
This is one of the most “playful” of the 20.
No.16. An unstoppable torrent.
A simple melody and a plaintive tune.
No.18. A melody in 10/8 on 3 staves.
No.20. Andante chords now lead into a sleepy melody,
eventually leading to those grace-noted chords which slip gently downwards to
that triumphant first tune.