Remembering Stravinsky…Morges, Autumn 2001 (2001)

for solo piano

Dedicated to Paulette Robert
Recorded by Jill Richards on "Michael Blake: Complete Works for Solo Piano 1994-2004" (MBED001)
Bardic Edition Published by Bardic Edition in "Complete Shorter Pieces for Solo Piano" - BD 0954
Duration: 4'15"

Première

First performance: Thursday 16 May 2002; South Africa; Jill Richards pianoperformance details.

Programme note

Remembering Stravinsky…Morges, Autumn 2001 was composed in Switzerland while I was staying outside Lausanne in the town of Morges, where Stravinsky had lived from 1914 to1920, and composed L'Histoire du Soldat and Les Noces. Visiting his house (now the head office of Swatch), and looking out the windows at views he might have enjoyed, inspired me to write a memorial piece to that most resourceful of 20th century composers. I worked every morning in the tranquillity of Paulette Robert's beautiful garden and dedicated my piece to her. By a remarkable coincidence she had spent some of her childhood years in an apartment in the “Stravinsky house”.