incomplete long pieces
When he died on 22 January 2010, Surendran Reddy left many fragments, sketches, ideas, notes and graphs, incomplete pieces, student pieces and files of teaching exercises. Much but not all of this miscellaneous material dates from the last years of his life. It helps to shed light on completed compositions by Reddy, on his methods of work, and on his methods of teaching. ACE has grouped them for this performing edition into four categories and made a webpage and a singe pdf for each category: 1: the teaching manual, a little exercise book for felix sebastian otterbeck which is prefaced by a document explaining Reddy’s pianistic history, approach to teaching and thoughts about music generally; 2. other teaching material and student work; 3: incomplete long pieces; 4: incomplete short pieces, sketches and fragments.
The incomplete long pieces, category 3, are available on this page as a freely downloadable pdf. There are only two: Piano Sonata II and Symphony III. They are contemporary with Reddy’s student pieces from the 1970s and comprise multiple pages of notes, graphs and sketches that show Reddy’s plans for them as serial works. The Piano Sonata II has an additional file called Piano Sonata II-Notes. These are works that Reddy did not ‘realise’ in notation, then, rather than works begun in staff notation and left incomplete.