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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
David Owen Norris, piano
Composer's Notes

This piece is one of a composite set of solo piano variations on the overture to Purcell’s 1683 St Cecilia Ode ‘Welcome to all the pleasures.’ The other variations were written by Williams Matthias, Michael Berkeley and Gerald Victory. The four composers represent the four countries of the British Isles and the variations were written as a tribute to John F Kennedy on the anniversary of the President’s assassination on November 22, which is also the Feast Day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint Music.

First performance: November 22nd 1991 at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA, given by David Owen Norris.

James MacMillan

Reproduction Rights
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer

Recommended Recording

Piano Sonata / Birthday Present / Barncleupedie / Lumen Christi / For Ian / A Cecilian Variation for JFK / Angel
Simon Smith, pft
Delphian Records CDC 34009

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