Article on ‘Dance Maze’ published

June 2022: the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (vol. 147, no. 1) contains my article ‘One into Three: Context, Method and Motivation in Revising and Reworking Dance Maze for Solo Piano’.

June 2022: the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (vol. 147, no. 1) contains my article ‘One into Three: Context, Method and Motivation in Revising and Reworking Dance Maze for Solo Piano’. The article discusses how I used techniques found in the music and writings of Tom Johnson to rework a solo piano piece into a duo for trumpet and piano. I list the Tom Johnson sources for each technique I use, give some examples from the score (comparing the two versions of the piece) and place my music and ideas in the context of other composers’ work as well as scholars writing on revision and reworking. The article is part of a larger roundtable collection conceived and edited by Simon Desbruslais (who premiered the duo version of Dance Maze) and featuring contributions from David Maw, Charles Wilson and Edwin Roxburgh with an introduction by Simon. I am hugely grateful to Simon for seeing the commissioning, editing and publishing processes through to completion over a number of years. My contribution can be found at here and Simon’s introduction is here. The two main versions of Dance Maze discussed in the article can be found on the eponymous CD.

Author: Tom Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey, Guildford UK. Freelance composer.

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