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Work Title
Etudes Australes
Composed between 1974 and 1975. Premiered in Witten, April 23 and 25, 1982.
Ensemble Type
For solo piano.
Etudes Australes consists of single tones and chords derived from star charts contained in the Atlas Australis, an atlas of the southern sky by Antonín Becvár. There are 32 Etudes, grouped into 4 books of 8 each. The Etudes were written as duets for 2 independent hands and use conventional notation. No indications are given as to interpretations of any kind, i.e. dynamics of attack or decay or use of pedal.
Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky
Peters Edition EP6816a/b (books 1 & 2), EP6816a/d (books 3 & 4)