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EARLY KEYBOARD MUSIC
Nigel Deacon is a pianist and composer and has written for the piano since 1975, when he was an undergraduate at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has brought out a dozen CDs, mainly of early keyboard music (played on the piano, not the harpsichord), and has published about a hundred piano pieces. Most of the early keyboard recordings are not available anywhere else; they are almost unknown.
Much of Nigel's own music is based on English folktune, which is infinitely varied and beautiful. The pieces are reminiscent of Delius, Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and John Ireland. Many of them have been broadcast by the BBC.
There are also non-folktune pieces: reductions of organ and violin music for piano and contrapuntal pieces in early style.
NO TO CACOPHANY
Nigel writes..."it's important in music not to alienate the audience. It's only a few years since Radio 3 was wasting the BBC's licence fee in supporting composers of cacophony and driving listeners away in huge numbers. But melody, harmony and structure are important - it doesn't take a genius to work that out - just look at Haydn, Bach, Scarlatti... ".
Nigel has an interest in early music, especially Czech and Iberian music. His CDs contain pieces by Kozeluch, Benda, Scarlatti, Albero, Freixanet, Espona and their contemporaries.
Details of the discs are here
Inquiries to ND; please email.
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