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Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter June 2019

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 presents:

Contemporary Composers and Their Works: Piano Advanced Level

Lindsey Berwin

Lindsey Berwin is a pianist, teacher and composer, and over the last 25 years she and her pupils have won many prizes in the EPTA annual Composers’ Competition. She has recently been given the job of updating the EPTA Composers Competition, together with fellow British composer Alison Mathews. As well as presenting regional workshops, they will be producing resource sheets for teachers which will cover how to introduce composition into lessons.

Lindsey has music published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd, EVC Music and Spartan Press, and pieces from her suite All the Fun of The Fair were featured on the 2018 Around the Globe Piano Music Festival’s repertoire lists.

VIGNETTES is a varied collection of pieces suitable for advanced pianists, ranging from around Grade 8 upwards. Each has its own distinct style and sound world, whilst always seeking to consolidate the performer’s technique and musicality. It consists of 7 pieces: Enigma conjures up a somewhat mystifying and unsettled atmosphere; Etudes – No 1 C minor and No 2 B minor; Introspection; Toccata and Fugue in G minor; Tunnel Vision using dissonance and chromaticism this piece depicts a painful emotional journey and lastly, Chromatic Fantasy.

Ivan Brkljačić

Dr Ivan Brkljačić was born in 1977 in Belgrade, Serbia. Graduating in 2001 from the Faculty of Music, Department of Composition and Orchestration under Professor Srđan Hofman, he later obtained a master’s degree in composition at the same faculty in 2005, in the class of Professor Zoran Erić.

Furthermore, he successfully completed his doctorate art project entitled ‘Istar’ – the Cycle of Nascent Music Caricatures for Performing in a Theatre Scenery (2012), mentored by Prof. Srdjan Hofman. He has been commissioned to create many pieces of work for the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir Collegium Musicum, the European project MUSMA as well as BEMUS and BELEF festivals, which music have been performed at most prestigious music venues in Belgrade and around Serbia. He has also composed music for numerous theatre plays including the film music for the feature Serbian movie Redemption Street (‘Ustanička Ulica’), directed by Miroslav Terzić.

Ivan Brkljačić compositions have been performed worldwide in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Germany, Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, France, England, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Japan and Hong Kong. In 2010 the composition Jinx, was performed by Australian Modern Music Ensemble, conducted by Daryl Pratt, which opened The New Music Days in Sydney, Australia. He cooperated with many international ensembles such as Ostravská Banda from the Czech Republic, Blindman from Belgium, L’Ensemble Portmanto from Canada. From 1999 he was employed as a teacher with an expertise in the Music Form Analysis at the Stevan Mokranjac specialist secondary music school in Belgrade and from 2005 he has been working at the Belgrade University, Faculty of Music at the Music Theory Department. Furthermore, he acted as the artistic selector of the programme for the 16th-24th International Review of Composers from 2007 till 2015.

PRESTO Originally, this piano piece was written as the final movement of the piano suite IMPROMTU. After almost twenty years, renowned Serbian pianist Vladimir Gligorić rediscovered this impressive work and included it in his regular repertoire, resulting in a studio recording released as a CD. From that moment on, the movements of the suite gained a new energy and confirmed its ability to be independently performed as individual piece. Pianist Gligorić says about this piece, among other things: “Presto, like a perpetuum mobile, is a devastating outburst, similar to the finale of the Seventh Piano Sonata by Sergei Prokofiev. It is characterised by discontinuous melodic lines and the repetition of motifs, never symmetrical and almost always abbreviated, with unexpected accents in the irregular metrics causing excitement in the listener.”

To obtain the music score FREE of charge, contact AGMA via


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