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Free Hand Anthology 1

Free Hand Anthology 1 (21st Century Malaysian Piano Works)
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This item is available to PRE-ORDER at Faber Music in the UK.

British national radio station, BBC Radio 3 - New Music Show featured performances from Free Hand Anthology 1 beginning last October 2020. Here are some excerpts from the broadcasts on YouTube at MCC TV.

International Piano Magazine calls Free Hand Anthology 1 (21st Century Malaysian Piano Works) "A fascinating and substantial selection of music for today that deserves international attention."

Composer: Various
Format: Piano Solo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Publisher: Rhythm MP
Item Code: MPF-2003-01
Bar Code: 9 789679 856750
ISBN-10: 9679856755
ISBN-13: 9789679856750
Extent: 144 pages
Weight: 570g
Dimensions: 225mm X 300mm
Binding: Limp Bound (limp thread sewn)

Description: Malaysia's very first anthology of piano compositions truly describes the growing pool of Malaysian piano compositions written over the past decade. This pioneer collection of original works spans composers from different backgrounds and ages, from various parts of the country from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu in the east to Penang in the north.

This musical survey, which has been in the planning for several years, was the culmination of the country's first ever contemporary composers piano festival Free Hand 2019, featuring BBC Music Magazine's Best Newcomer award winner of 2013, Mei Yi Foo, who premiered a number of works in this volume.

The musical styles are as diverse as Malaysia's people themselves, colourful, contrasting, exciting and refreshing. From post minimalist to neo expressionist and beyond, the breadth of the compositions here provides an insightful glimpse into the world of 21st Century music in a country so young.

The sound world ranges from rhythmically potent to broadly contemplative, traversing worlds of colour, emotion, sonic exploration and the stretching of compositional forms and techniques handed down from past generations of classical composers.

Experience the darting motion of herring or the ghostly shimmer of stars long extinct, Webernesque miniatures of driving rhythms, meditations of the Malay pantun or the telling of a historical Malaccan battle, the footprints left behind by memories and the contemplations of cosmopolitan estrangement, a Chinese wife's last act of duty, the toil of the working class, echoes of kadazandusun gongs...

You are invited to immerse yourself in this kaleidoscopic musical journey through the Malaysian music landscape, and to try a hand at playing these pieces of yourselves.

"A range of wonderful oriental flavours and colours. These pieces are distinctly personal and fluid." Mei Yi Foo, pianist

Works in the anthology:
  1. Ainolnaim Azizol: Titik Titik
  2. Jessica Cho: Five Little Pieces for Piano
  3. Samuel Cho: Vatni
  4. Choke Yuan Teng: The Woodcutter’s Song 🎧 video
  5. Chow Jun Yan: In The Absence Of Silence
  6. Johan Othman: Three Bagatelles
  7. Chow Jun Yi: Deep In The City
  8. Lee Chie Tsang: Sympathetic [re]sonance
  9. C H Loh: Morning At Klang Harbour
  10. Ng Chong Lim: Footprints... 🎧 video
  11. Raja Alif: Dol Said 🎧 video
  12. Rayner Naili: Roh Bintang
  13. Ilysia Tan: Drive
  14. Tazul Tajuddin: Kabus Pantun 🎧 video
  15. Adeline Wong: Herringbone 🎧 video, ACL-Korea
This Collection © 2019 by Malaysian Composers Collective and Rhythm MP Sdn Bhd
Free Hand Anthology I (21st Century Malaysian Piano Works)
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