Looking Up

Simon Rackham

(To be released on 15th June 2021). All of the music was written in April and May 2021 for solo piano except ‘Pictures of Nothing’ which is composed for piano 3 hands. Pictures of Nothing Part One is very slow and has the three hands playing in different times, with the top part mainly in three, the middle in four and the lower part in five, and most notes are played in octaves. Part Two is very quick, generally in twelve eight time, with the top part normally playing in quaver groups of four while the other parts are divided in three. The title of ‘Oh! Les Beaux Jours,’ comes from a line in Verlaine’s poem ‘Colloque Sentimental’ that inspired Beckett’s title ‘Happy Days’. Michela Landi is a professor at the University of Florence.

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