Simon Rackham

Vertical Sunset

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Music for solo piano from the mid 1990s to 2016
'Vertical Sunset' contains music for solo piano composed from the mid 1990s to 2016.
Most of the pieces don't require an explanation so I've only described here a few oddities.
The first track, 'Where's One?' is unusual for my music in the fact that it's difficult to follow the pulse of the music and therefore not to know which is the first beat of the bar. Track two; 'D.H. Lawrence in Scandicci' is in reference to him staying at the Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, Florence, while writing 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. Track six, 'Owed to Olympia' is dedicated to the French publisher Maurice Girodias who founded the Olympia Press in Paris. Olympia published many important books, including works by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, William Burroughs, and Vladimir Nabokov, plus the first English translations of many French classics. The title of track nine, 'Over Half Empty' is referring to the way the music is composed in that there are more empty bars of music and rests than there are notes in the piece, so over half of it is just the resonance of the performed notes.