Toccata-Soliloquy by Jack Bochow

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Piano solo, composed 2016, c.4'30 - 5'00.  Grade: A.Mus L.Mus

Winner of the Wirripang New Composition 2017 - Queensland Music Teachers Assoc., Gold Coast.
Born in 1994 and raised in South-East Queensland, Jack Bochow has been composing since age 12. He completed his Bachelor studies in Classical Piano in 2015 at Queensland Conservatorium, and since then has commenced a Masters degree in Composition studying at the same institution. He has been involved in many public and private piano performances within Queensland featuring both his own work and the classical repertoire. His compositional style is currently centred on the piano, and encompasses a variety of genres ranging from jazz to contemporary classical to minimalism. He received a Highly Commended award in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod for Own Composition, has had pieces performed in workshop by Michael-Kieran Harvey and most recently won the 2017 MTAQ Composers Competition. He currently lives in Brisbane and intends to continue pursuing composition as a career both within Australia and eventually overseas.
This work explores an eclectic variety of styles, characters and technical features. But it is essentially - and most importantly - an exposition of the inner-feelings of a composer exploring their language.
Unburdened by a context or a specific cultural inspiration, it is music that is direct, spirited and personal. Utilising features found in contemporary jazz, classical & modal harmony, the Toccata-Soliloquy creates a continually shifting plane of ideas that ebb and flow between harmonic and technical extremes. It never quite allows the listener to become fully settled in a single motif, but always keeps them so close to the notes that it is impossible not to feel the tension, ferocity and joie de vivre that bursts from each bar as the composer speaks to them in his own language.

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