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Vlahek, Bruno: Tower Études, Five Études for piano, Op. 46

Tower Études, Five Études for piano, Op. 46
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The international competition YOUNG VIRTUOSOS – ÉTUDES AND SCALES that has comprised piano and violin disciplines alternatively since 1994.

Tower Études were commissioned for the 24th international competition for pianists “Young virtuoso”, Zagreb, 2018. These are five études of progressive demands in line with the age and educational level of competitors in each of five categories, lined up by the height of a particular building. The idea was to make a certain modern “Gradus ad Parnassum”, where the mythological Parnassus from the well-known Clementi’s études is replaced by different peaks – high buildings challenging the construction work of people, just as the young pianists strive for higher accomplishments. Just like the height of the towers, these accomplishments are dreamy, visionary, sometimes elusive, or even insatiable – for the very reason Babylon is symbolically the initial étude of the cycle. Other movements are inspired by the contemporary buildings I have had an opportunity to visit, which have made an impression on me personally. Therefore, Eiffel Étude uses the charm of the French music idiom, syncopated rhythms invoke the energy of New York in the 30s of last century, meditative hypnotism of a view from the traditional Shanghai gardens Yuyuan onto the futuristic TV tower, while the highest tower nowadays in the world defies the desert climate and sand storms in a virtuoso way.

Bruno Vlahek


Cantus d.o.o., 2017.
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