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Composers' Series, The - Volume 8(b) Piano Solos (Hutchens)

By Frank Hutchens

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Frank Hutchens (1892-1965)

17 piano solos for intermediate level (grades 5 to 8) , composed between early 1930s and 1950s.  The volume includes a CD of these works.

Hutchens was an extraordinary teacher, who taught at the NSW Conservatorium for almost 50 years and his writing for the piano is always pianistic. These compositions for piano are quite extraordinary in that despite being based on very natural hand positions, and therefore very comfortable to play, they give the impression of being challenging works. This is the case even for the simpler pieces. His musical language could be described as impressionistic, occasionally late romantic, and he uses compositional elements found normally in the music of Impressionistic compositions: unsymmetrical phrases, whole tone scales, unresolved dissonances, and the harmony, while basically tonal explores chromaticism.

This volume of piano solos is unique as until now there has been no collection of his works. Despite having written over fifty piano compositions they had been published as single items and no compilation had existed. In this volume Forest Magic, and the suite Dance of the Hours which has five short movements have not been previously published. The other pieces are those better-known works by Hutchens and are suitable for an approximate grade level of fifth to eighth grade. Indeed, many have been on the AMEB syllabus for those grades for many years.

More comprehensive biographical notes are within the volume which also includes a CD of all the works.

Researched, edited and recorded by Jeanell Carrigan

Volume 8: Frank Hutchens

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