toccata for john roos

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Written as a prescribed virtuosos South African work for the 11th Unisa International Piano Competition, the work is dedicated to the then Director of the Unisa Foundation, John Roos. It was premiered by Ben Schoeman, who went on to win the competition, in Pretoria in January 2008. The toccata epitomises Reddy’s compositional ‘principles of clazz’ as explained in his introductory notes to the score, in which he refers to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) and Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), books he greatly admired.