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« on: May 12, 2013, 08:27:30 am »

Quotation from the notes to a 2003 recording of Ronald Stevenson's Passacaglia: "As an author he has written a History of Western Music, and numerous articles for The Listener. Major works awaiting publication include a historical novel of well over 1,000 pages in the structure of a pyramid on Ferruccio Busoni, as well as a biography and smaller book on the same composer. There is also an early but brilliantly perceptive Treatise on Piano Technique and essays on Alan Bush, Hugh MacDiarmid, Percy Grainger, Paderewski, Sorabji and many others."

That pyramidic historical novel about Busoni sounds particularly interesting. Grove's refers to it as "a massive biographico-musical study of the composer - as yet unpublished - which brought contact with Busoni's widow Gerda, Percy Grainger, and Edward Gordon Craig." I wonder whether it will ever see the light of day.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 07:32:38 pm »

Quotation from the notes to a 2003 recording of Ronald Stevenson's Passacaglia: "As an author he has written a History of Western Music, and numerous articles for The Listener. Major works awaiting publication include a historical novel of well over 1,000 pages in the structure of a pyramid on Ferruccio Busoni, as well as a biography and smaller book on the same composer. There is also an early but brilliantly perceptive Treatise on Piano Technique and essays on Alan Bush, Hugh MacDiarmid, Percy Grainger, Paderewski, Sorabji and many others."

That pyramidic historical novel about Busoni sounds particularly interesting. Grove's refers to it as "a massive biographico-musical study of the composer - as yet unpublished - which brought contact with Busoni's widow Gerda, Percy Grainger, and Edward Gordon Craig." I wonder whether it will ever see the light of day.
Much as it pains me to say so, I fear that it is most unlikely and the prospect that Mr Stevenson will be working on it today and in the immediate future does not seem probable; he is now 85 years of age and not in especially good fettle. He is without doubt one of the most remarkable pianists I have ever heard.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 04:19:18 am »

It's quite painful to read that Alistair. There are many - including myself - who'd be thrilled to have something meaningful on Busoni to read.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 08:00:57 am »

It's quite painful to read that Alistair. There are many - including myself - who'd be thrilled to have something meaningful on Busoni to read.
Well, we'll have to rely on Beaumont, Sitsky and Roberge in the meantime, so all is not exactly lost!...
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 04:57:59 am »

While most of his work was for piano, he did write some orchestral music:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Stevenson#Orchestra
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