Gwyneth Walker

August Rhythms

for Piano, Four-Hands (2013)

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August Rhythms is a brief and energetic work for piano duet that was written during the summer month of August. The music thus sparkles with the lively rhythmic energy of a sunny summer day. Both players engage in a bouncy, rhythmic dialogue with much syncopation. A brief, slower middle section interrupts the joy. The melody in this section is marked "sweetly, with melancholy." Perhaps this slight melancholy is a realization that the summer months will soon be over? But it's not over quite yet! The lively music returns for a last bit of summer fun.

Notes by Carson Cooman