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Timothy Raymond


Piano solo

Timothy Raymond

Chiming is a rather ornamental, contemplative nocturne, the use of piano resonance, together with the way pitches are repeated within the same harmonic fields, suggesting the technique of change ringing and, hence, the title. Another metaphor which suggests itself in connection with this piece is that of a walk in a garden. A thread of notes heard at the opening – later subject to ornamentation and transformation – acts like a pathway. Occasionally the path is overgrown; one stops, leaves the path, retraces one’s steps or looks sideways. A line of descending intervallic steps acts as a secondary element (at the first appearance of two-part writing). Several diverse episodes ensue, but their clear derivation from these simple models should be aurally apparent, together with the ‘floating’ quality of the music, reinforced by extensive use of the pedal(s).

The repeated notes and randomly-repeated patterns ensure that there is no feeling of serialism, but rather a freely developing flow based around melodic shapes and half-pedalling effects, especially when used with the lower bass notes, which give really beautiful secondary resonances.

Sheet Music ReviewMay/June 2007
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Chiming for piano
hh83.sol · ISMN M 708041 13 9
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