four romantic piano pieces
The four romantic piano pieces were all composed in 1985. There is one authoritative source for them all, which is an autograph score of 24 pages in which every page comes from a 24-page manuscript book, the kind that Reddy must have purchased from the CNA stationers in South Africa in those days. The inside cover of the book has a note attached in his handwriting giving precise durations for each piece based on one of his recordings of them: 2’19” for homage to Mahler 3 pages long), 2’24” for ode to a lost friend (5 pages), 2’32” for serenade for the beloved (4 pages), and 6’8” for elegy (12 pages). Reddy also photocopied all 24 pages and pasted them into a performing book in order to play them in concerts.
There are no other versions of the scores. There are no dedications; all four pieces are slow or very slow, and they are almost improvisational in style, using long melodic arcs, wide-ranging arpeggio accompaniments, and a harmonic language strongly influenced by late 19th-century music.
four romantic piano pieces) Audio
Surendran Reddy (piano)