Dussek, Jan_Ladislav

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Jan_Ladislav Dussek [1760-1812] was a Czech composer and virtuoso pianist. He was responsible for enlarging the piano to 6 octaves, and also for the now-universal habit of giving recitals sideways-on to the audience. He can be regarded as an early composer of the `romantic' style.

Rondo on an English Tune , from Op. 25 MIDI   classical   piano  
This set of variations on Rule Britannia is the third, rondo, movement of the third of three sonatas comprising Dussek's Op. 25. It is marked Vivace, or lively.
Sequenced initially in 2012 from a version by Nigel Gaze [see below] and extended/revised in 2021. A `honky-tonk' piano stands in for the original fortepiano.
Every composer of the period and his dog wrote variations on Rule Britannia [and on God Save The King and assorted other popular tunes]. This example is reasonably typical, though it has to be admitted that Beethoven's version is considerably better. There is a degree of monotony; there is little variation of speed, the `busy' accompaniment just goes on and on, and the mood changes only for a `minor' section.
I first sequenced this piece in a version in my library, which was edited for organ by Nigel Gaze [a well-known contemporary British organist]. Gaze adds an afternote to his edition: This piece was originally written for the early pianoforte. However, IMSLP did not then, as far as I could tell, have an original score, so I was initially even suspicious that Gaze had perpetrated a `joke'.
However, on revisiting the piece, it has now been added to IMSLP. Further, there proved to be a bonus. The original also had a part for flute or violin. Given the flakiness of the violin tone on synthesisers, I opted for the flute. The flute part partly doubles the keyboard, but also quite often goes off on its own. Luckily, it turned out that Gaze had made only a handful of changes to the original apart from suggesting some organ registrations, so reverting to the keyboard turned out to be very simple.

Sequencing: Copyright © Andy Walker, 2021. You may use all my work freely for private purposes; commercial use is permitted only with my permission.

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