Monday, 6 August 2007

Samuel Barber Op Posth

At the back of the excellent Schirmer Edition (1993) of Barber's Complete Piano Music is a bonus work in Eb minor, the 'Interlude I'. What a charming piece - quite unlike his other music, it eschews ostentatious discords in favour of playing gently with the extremes of the piano compass. There's a rousing middle section to keep the adolescent within happy, too.