St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

David Dean - piano

Friday, 8 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

David Dean - piano


        Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23                  


        Reflets dans l'eau from Images        


        Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit         


        Prelude in B flat Op. 23 No. 2                  

David Dean

David has been a regular performer at venues in the City of London and further afield including several performances at St Bride's.  He was a semi-finalist in the Yamaha and Pianist magazine international competition in August 2012 and a quarter-finalist in the "Le Concours des Grands Amateurs" piano competition in 2010 in Paris. He is a Licentiate of The Royal Schools of Music and has studied under Professors Hilary Coates and Christopher Elton from The Royal Academy of Music.


Programme Notes

Chopin: Ballade no. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (1836)               

Chopin may have been the first to use the term 'Ballade' for an instrumental piece, which, as the term implies, is narrative. Although in sections, each with its own personality, these are skilfully woven together to form a cohesive almost 'logical' whole. Its highlight is perhaps the enormous virtuosic coda. The piece was the subject of a widely publicised book last year written by Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger which chronicled his attempt to learn the piece over the previous year.


Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau (1905) (tr 'Reflections on the water')


The first of three movements from Debussy's first volume of Images though was the last to be composed, in Eastbourne in 3 days in August 1905 replacing an earlier version with which he was dissatisfied. The subject of the title is largely depicted in the form of two 'reflective' motifs often played in the left hand accompanied by arpeggio-like 'ripples' in the right, though as the climax is reached the role of each hand is reversed.   


Ravel: Scarbo from Gaspard de la Nuit (1908)

Gaspard de la Nuit  is based on poems by Aloysius Bertrand. A highly imaginative use of the piano communicates the meaning of the poems through the music using everything from scales and arpeggios to rhythm and articulations unique to the instrument. The work is renowned for pushing piano technique to its limits. Scarbo is an evil creature, real or imagined. Its behaviour is depicted through a series of three motifs: the rising three-notes of the opening; a staccato repeated-note figure most commonly in the right hand and a figure comprising a short staccato chord followed immediately by a longer one. These are interlinked and become progressively more frenetic leading eventually to two huge climaxes, but interspersed by a strangely calm middle section.

Rachmaninov: Prelude in B  flat Op.23 No. 2 (1903)


The second of Rachmaniov's first book of preludes. A rhythmically complex work contrasting a thunderous left hand and syncopated right hand melodic line. Although the second of the three sections is more sedate the right hand syncopated line continues, though this time as an accompaniment to the left hand's more lyrical melody. Slight variations occur throughout usually executed via subtle changes in rhythm and the piece reaches a climax with a rapid series of chords in both hands prior to a coda which builds again to a denouement of descending octaves.