Cretic Variations

For Piano

James Matheson

Solo Part
Performing Ensemble: Piano Unaccompanied
Instrumentation: Piano
Item Number: 110-41801
Number of Pages: 20
Duration: 0:14:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Commissioned by pianist Nadia Shpachenko, Cretic Variations is a virtuosic fantasy on the simple rhythmic motif of long-short-long, known in poetry as a “cretic foot.” James Matheson (whose last name is itself a cretic foot) writes that the motivic alternation of long-short-long is enormously versatile and can be alternately thunderous or playful, melancholy or spirited. Matheson builds the variations into music that is extremely difficult to play, treading the line between the possible and the impossible, in which the drama of seeing and hearing extraordinary performers accomplish incredible feats plays an important role. For advanced pianists.

Cretic Variations

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Nadia Shpachenko
Composition Date 2013