Variations on 'Rule, Brittania!' (Armstrong, Peter McKenzie)
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Peter McKenzie Armstrong (Rosegarden & Pianoteq)
Peter McKenzie Armstrong
|Work Title||Variations on 'Rule, Brittania!', for piano solo|
|Composer||Armstrong, Peter McKenzie|
|Year/Date of Composition||2007, revised/expanded 2011|
|First Performance||2007 — New York, Reality Aside Theatre: (MIDI sequencer output)|
|Dedication||Eve; 2011 revision adds section for Wayne|
|Average Duration||6 minutes|
The Variations were composed in 2007 as a MIDI piano-roll sequencer file only.
The present score is the first for human performance. Aside from adjustments
to enable two-hand execution, and all indications for tempo / dynamics / articu-
lation / pedaling, it introduces one new variation, #5.5.
The sustain pedal may be used to provide sympathetic resonance, and to facil-
itate connection within slurs, but not to smooth over otherwise detaching articu-
lations. (See especially in variations #1 and #5.5).
The middle-voice closing of Var. 5 may be played by the soloist (rather than by
the "page turner" as indicated), if he/she can engineer an unobtrusive means
to do so.
I should note that sections #1-3 are conceived less as "variations on" than as