Heather Schmidt
Heather Schmidt
Date de composition : 1999
Durée: 00:10:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 1 x Piano
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Notes de programme :
Chaconne was composed in New York City, and completed January-February 1999. It was commissioned by CBC as the imposed work for the piano category of the 1999 CBC Young Performers’ Competition. As a “test piece,” the composition was designed to provide numerous musical and technical challenges through which the personal artistry and technical skills of each performer would be revealed.
In Chaconne, the concept of variations based on a series of chords is loosely applied to various levels of the composition. The chords in the opening several measures recur throughout the work, appearing in various configurations as solid chords and / or as broken arpeggiated figures. The series of chords are subjected to many changes involving elements such as register, voicing, and dynamics They appear alone, and in juxtaposition with other material. Although the opening chords are not the only harmonies to be subjected to variation, they serve as a unifying element and most often appear with the same pitches as the initial presentation.
On a larger scale, the Chaconne principle is applied to the overall structure of the piece. The Chaconne is divided into two halves, with the second half consisting of a variation of all the harmonies in the first half of the composition. Although there are some sections from the first half which are omitted, expanded, or re-ordered in the second half, the general outline of harmonies between the two halves can be followed from beginning to end.
On the smallest level, the idea of varying harmonies occurs within phrases and even individual measures in which brief series of harmonies will appear consecutively with changes of transposition, voicing, or added or deleted notes.
The most important aspect of the Chaconne is the emphasis on change. This appears in everything from subtle harmonic changes to dramatic shifts in tempo, dynamics, and register. The continual shift of color and character occurs from section to section, and also between the initial presentation of an idea, and its recurrence later in the piece. Passages in the first half of the Chaconne return in the second half with the same harmonies, but in a completely new context, and with a very contrasted character.

Renseignements sur la création :
June 7, 1999, Ottawa, Ontario; Imposed piece for CBC Young Performers Competition; performed by all semi-finalists in 1999 competition.


  • Cote:
  • MI 2110 S351cha 1999
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • April 1, 2005
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 score ([25] p.) ;
    25 pages
    Hauteur: 28 cm
    Largeur: 22 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • For piano solo.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    Duration: 10:00.
    Commissioned by CBC for the 1999 CBC Young Performer's Competition.
    Dedicated to David Jaeger
    Recorded on Centrediscs CMCCD 9603 - SOLUS (2003)
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