Danse sauvage

Composition Date: 1996
Revision Date: 2007
Duration: 00:11:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
Programme Note:
Danse sauvage is a challenging piece, characterized by a rapid tempo and energetic syncopated rhythms, providing the pianist with the opportunity to unleash some muscular passion. With its stabbing chords, rapid arpeggiation, abrupt changes in dynamics, and jagged melodic lines replete with mini-canons, this piece makes use of the keyboard’s complete range. The musical language is tonal, but non-triadic, freely using all the twelve notes in all of its phrases.
Formally, the piece is highly sectional with a quasi-spiral structure (ABCACDC…) After it reaches its climax, the performer is given a short progression of ten slow chords that, in the manner of a chaconne, forms the skeleton for a series of improvised variations. After finishing the improvisation, the performer returns to the composed music at the low end of the piano. The improvisation for this recording is created by Heather Schmidt. The structure then follows a reverse spiral of the previous material. The work ends with a couple of surprises.
Danse sauvage was commissioned by the Esther Honens International Piano Competition with the assistance of the Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation. It is dedicated to Andrew Raeburn, John Roberts and Steve Shu.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 B433da
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 23, 1998
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (18 p.) ; 28 cm.
    18 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For piano.
    Composed in 1996.
    Commissioned by the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition through the Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation.
    Duration: ca. 10:30 (without improvisatory section: 9:00)
    Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition
    Contemporary Showcase
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