John Alden Carpenter: Collected Piano Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80328     Release Date: 1986-01-01

Denver Oldham, piano

John Alden Carpenter's first works were piano pieces. He was an accomplished pianist and later often performed his own music. At seventeen, he wrote Minuet and Twilight Reverie, both of which were published in 1894. (Of all the works on this recording, only the sonata went unpublished.) Carpenter found early that ternary form offered sufficient scope for most of his musical ideas; he adopted it almost as a standard for short instrumental works. There is sufficient leeway for variety of expression through the addition of introductions, codas and codettas, and through varying phrase lengths by abbreviation, extension, or other means. Except for the sonata and the fifth of the Diversions, ternary dominates the formal structure of the piano pieces.

Denver Oldham

John Alden Carpenter: Collected Piano Works

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Sonata in G Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo
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Sonata in G Minor: II. Adagio con moto
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Sonata in G Minor: III. Rondo: Allegro con brio
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Diversions: I. Lento
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Diversions: II. Allegretto con moto
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Diversions: III. Animato
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Diversions: IV. Moderato
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Diversions: V. Adagio
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Nocturne
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Polonaise Américaine
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Impromptu
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Tango Américaine
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Minuet
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Little Dancer
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Little Indian
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Twilight Reverie
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Danza
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