Program notes

Twelve Variations for piano duet, opus 57 (1997)

The piece takes as its subtitle the expression marking from the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E Major, Opus 109: “Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung”. Literally, ‘songful with inner feeling’. The subtitle suggests an internalised depth and calmness of expression as well as the presence of an ‘inner line’ in the musical texture. The idea in 12 Variations is the gradual expansion of the music from a spacious, gentle melody to richer and more textured worlds drawing on an ambiguity of structure where the discontinuity of variation form is offset by a larger dramatic shape. 12 Variations for piano duet was composed for Stephen Emmerson and Bernard Lanskey in 1997 with funding from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

© Andrew Schultz, 2011