Original Works for Piano Solo — Anthony Newman

Most of my piano music was written between 1991 to the present, and can be said to be within the boundaries of tonality - some more than others. The set starts with the most recent sonata featuring a fantasia on Stravinsky's "Babel," followed by a rhapsodic slow movement, and then a series of variations on an original theme in B-flat major - very jolly, fanfare-like and audience friendly.

A second sonata, called Sonata of the Americas starts with a large scale and brilliant opening, followed by a fantasia on a South American native melody called "Wipala" and finally with a set of variations on the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

A portrait sonata of great composers follows. Those featured are Debussy (Claire do Lune), Stravinsky (Tango on his piano and wind concerto), Beethoven and Mozart (fugue based on the finale to his Symphony Nr. 41.)

A suite for harpsichord or piano is next, based on Baroque suite movements: Fantasy, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue.

Water, earth, wind and fire are represented in the next sonata, based on the basic elements of our universe.

The next work is the oldest in the collection and was premiered at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris in 1991. It is a theme and variations followed by a big scale fugue, based on the celebrated B-A-C-H theme.

The Prelude and Fugue in B-flat starts with a pensive and sad prelude, and is followed by a mini version of Beethoven's "Hammerclavier" fugue. The fugue has the same amount of entrances, stretti, and retrograde versions of the fugue subject as does the great Beethoven example.

The set concludes with a set of thirteen short preludes.

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  1. Sonata VI for Piano: I. Ten Variations and Finale On an Original Theme 14:45
  2. Sonata VI for Piano: II. Romance 2:52
  3. Sonata VI for Piano: III. Fantasia On "Babel" By Stravinsky 4:34
  4. Sonata of the Americas: I. Allegro Maestoso 7:05
  5. Sonata of the Americas: II. South American Melody "Wipala" 4:41
  6. Sonata of the Americas: III. Variations On the Battle Hymn of the Rebublic 8:18
  7. Portrait Sonata: I. Debussy 5:47
  8. Portrait Sonata: II. Stravinsky 2:36
  9. Portrait Sonata: III. Beethoven 3:40
  10. Portrait Sonata: IV. Mozart 5:24
  11. Suite-Sonata for Harpsichord or Piano: I. Fantasia 2:53
  12. Suite-Sonata for Harpsichord or Piano: II. Allemande 2:42
  13. Suite-Sonata for Harpsichord or Piano: III. Courante 2:15
  14. Suite-Sonata for Harpsichord or Piano: IV. Sarabande 2:14
  15. Suite-Sonata for Harpsichord or Piano: V. Gigue 5:00
  16. Sonata Based On the Elements: I. Water 7:26
  17. Sonata Based On the Elements: II. Earth 2:44
  18. Sonata Based On the Elements: III. Air and Fire 6:24
  19. Variations and Fugue On the B-a-C-H Motive: I. Theme and Variations 1-6 4:48
  20. Variations and Fugue On the B-a-C-H Motive: II. Variations 7-15 6:40
  21. Variations and Fugue On the B-a-C-H Motive: III. Variations 16-21 3:52
  22. Variations and Fugue On the B-a-C-H Motive: IV. Variations 22-25 3:14
  23. Variations and Fugue On the B-a-C-H Motive: V. Fugue 4:48
  24. Grande Prelude and Fugue "Little Hammerclavier" In B Flat: I. Prelude 4:13
  25. Grande Prelude and Fugue "Little Hammerclavier" In B Flat: II. Fugue 6:01
  26. Prelude No. 1 1:33
  27. Prelude No. 2 2:28
  28. Prelude No. 3 2:14
  29. Prelude No. 4 1:32
  30. Prelude No. 5 2:35
  31. Prelude No. 6 1:28
  32. Prelude No. 7 1:27
  33. Prelude No. 8 3:07
  34. Prelude No. 9 2:19
  35. Prelude No. 10 1:57
  36. Prelude No. 11 1:06
  37. Prelude No. 12 2:33
  38. Prelude No. 13 1:44