Geoffrey Tozer

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Born: November 5, 1954; Mussoorie, India   Died: August 21, 2009; Melbourne, Australia  
Australian Geoffrey Tozer was one of those rare pianists who attract attention not only for their immense talent but for the force of their unique personalities and the often unintended controversies they create. Tozer was typically associated with repertory by neglected composers like Nikolay Medtner, Alan Rawsthorne, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Roberto Gerhard, Percy Grainger, and a spate of others, some totally obscure. But he also performed a Read more sizable array of standards by Mozart, Liszt, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartók, J.S. Bach, and many more. Tozer made numerous recordings, mostly for the British label Chandos.

Geoffrey Tozer was born in Mussoorie, India, on November 5, 1954. His mother was a talented pianist who raised her son in India until he reached age four, when she relocated with him to Australia. She was his first teacher, and young Geoffrey quickly developed into a prodigy, making his debut at eight in a televised concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a performance of J.S. Bach's F minor Concerto No. 5.

In addition to his mother, Tozer's teachers included Eileen Ralf and Keith Humble (in Australia), Maria Curcio (England), and Theodore Lettvin (U.S.). Tozer gave his London debut at 15 in an acclaimed performance at the Proms of the Mozart Concerto No. 15, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Colin Davis. In 1982 the locally popular Tozer was invited to perform at the Melbourne Concert Hall's inaugural concert. Throughout the 1980s he steadily built his international reputation, and in 1990 signed a contract with Chandos Records. He immediately embarked upon recording the three piano concertos of Medtner, as well as other works (eventually all) by that Russian master.

Tozer unintentionally slighted Australians when, in 1997, he declared he was moving from Melbourne to Europe to get away from the provincialism of Australia. He eventually returned and has since remained a celebrated figure in his homeland. In a 2001 concert broadcast live on television from China, Tozer became the first westerner to perform the so-called Yellow River Concerto on Chinese soil. By the end of 2004 he had made his fifth tour of China. Tozer remained busy in the new century with a heavy concert schedule, touring Australia, Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere and making many recordings. Among his recordings is the 2005 release of Vol. 8 of the complete piano works of Medtner. Around that same time, Tozer was diagnosed with liver disease, which claimed his life in August, 2009. Read less

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Born: November 5, 1954; Mussoorie, India   Died: August 21, 2009; Melbourne, Australia  
Australian Geoffrey Tozer was one of those rare pianists who attract attention not only for their immense talent but for the force of their unique personalities and the often unintended controversies they create. Tozer was typically associated with repertory by neglected composers like Nikolay Medtner, Alan Rawsthorne, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Roberto Gerhard, Percy Grainger, and a spate of others, some totally obscure. But he also performed a Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Prologue: Andante cantabile
II. Allegro con impeto
III. Maestoso freddo
IV. Andantino con moto
V. Andante
VI. Allegro con humore -
VII. Allegro con ira
VIII. Allegro con grazia (quasi valse)
No. 1. Nixe: Veloce
No. 2. Eine Ball - Reminiscenz: Schwarmend
No. 3. Scherzo infernale: Prestissimo possibile
I. Vor der Arbeit (Hymn before work)
II. Am Amboss (At the Anvil)
III. Nach der Arbeit (Hymn after work)
No. 1. Andante - Vivace
No. 2. Tempo giusto
No. 3. Allegro, poco sostenuto
I. Capriccio: Allegro molto - Presto
II. Chaconne: Andante con moto
III. Tarantella: Vivace
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo: Adagio semplice
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro di bravura
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto con moto
I. Allegro -
II. Tranquillo, dolce (Variations) -
III. Coda: Allegro molto
I. Toccata: Allegro risoluto
II. Romanza: Andante con moto -
III. Divertimento: Allegro risoluto e molto vivace
I. Con moto largamento - Allegro con moto
II. Interludium: Allegro, molto sostenuto, misterioso
III. Finale: Allegro molto, svegliando, eroico - Andante con moto tranquillo - Allegro molto - Coda: Maestoso, ma passionato
I. Allegretto
II. Introduzione: Mesto
III. Finale: Allegro
No. 1. Idyll: Allegretto tranquillo e dolce
No. 2. Tragedy Fragment: Andante con moto - Adagio
No. 3. Tragedy Fragment: Allegro inquieto ma al rigore di tempo
No. 1. Andantino
No. 2. Recitato - Allegro agitato - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Allegro agitato - Meno mosso - Coda: Agitato assai - Meno mosso instantemento
No. 1. Prelude [Pastorale]: Allegretto con moto abbandonamente
No. 2. Bird's Tale: Allegretto con moto capriccioso e sempre leggiero
No. 3. Prelude [Tempo di Sarabanda]: Andante mobile
No. 4. Tale [Scherzo]: Allegro vivace
No. 5. Prelude [ Tender Reproach]: Allegretto, molto tranquillo e commodo
No. 6. Tale [The Organ Grinder]: Allegro - Poco piu tranquillo - Tempo I - Coda: Con moto, ma poco rubato
No. 7. Prelude [Hymn]: Allegretto tranquillo
No. 8. Tale [The Beggar]: Narrante - Vivo - Con moto - Tempo I - Vivo, leggiero - Poco piu tranquillo - Vivo
Theme: The Song of the Water Nymph: Andante -
Variation 1: Meditation: Poco con moto e al rigore di tempo -
Variation 2: Caprice: Capriccioso -
Variation 3: Feathered Ones: Allegro capriccioso - Allegro vivo e risoluto -
Variation 4: Charms: Allegretto con moto -
Variation 5: Humoresque: Allegretto sostenuto -
Variation 6: Among the Waves: Lesto -
Variation 7: The Roar of the Crowd: Poco a poco vivace - Vivace, risoluto - Vivo -
Variation 8: Into the Forest: Andante sognando - Andante -
Variation 9: The Wood Sprite: Allegro ritmico -
Variation 10: The Elves: Prestissimo -
Variation 11: The Gnomes: Allegro risoluto -
Variation 12: Invocation: Andante maestoso -
Variation 13: The Threat: Allegro tenebroso - Con moto instantamente - Tempo I
Variation 14: Song of the Water Nymph: Andantino con moto - Agitato -
Variation 15: The Storm: Tranquillo, ma poco a poco piu mosso e crescendo - Sempre allegro agitato -
Conclusion: Andante - Maestoso
No. 3. Elfenliedchen
No. 4. Im Voruberghen
No. 5. Aus Claudine von Villa-Bella, "Liebliches Kind!"
No. 6. Aus Erwin und Elmire, "Inneres Wuhlen"
No. 7. Aus Erwin und Elmire, "Sieh mich, Heil'ger, wie ich bin"
No. 8. Erster Verlust
No. 9. Gefunden
Introduzione: Allegretto espressivo -
I. Gesang der Nymphen
II. Geheimnisse
III. Zug der Grazien
IV. Das der Dichter spricht
I. Motto Geweihter Platz
II. Sonate-Vocalise
I. Canzona: Canterellando. Con fluidezza
II. Danza: Allegro scherzando
III. Ditirambo: Festivamente
I. Introduzione: Maestoso (poco quasi cadenza) -
I. Allegro appassionato -
I. Cadenza I: Tranquillo cantabile
II. Theme and Variations: Theme: Andante con moto
II. Variation 1: Tranquillo cantabile, ma con moto
II. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo ma poco piu tranquillo
II. Variation 3: Allegretto tranquillo, grazioso
II. Variation 4: Allegro molto ritmico
II. Variation 5: Allegro molto
II. Variation 6: Allegro risoluto
II. Cadenza II: Tranquillo cantabile
III. Finale: Rondo: Allegro risoluto
I. Presto
II. Andante rapsodico
III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto
I. Allegro non troppo, ma marcato - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso
II. Adagio - Grave
III. Vivace - Meno mosso - Tempo I
IV. Largo - Allegro con fuoco - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso - Presto
No. 1. Petite Cherie (Little Darling): Poco adagio
No. 2. Les Hirondelles (The Swallows): Allegro grazioso
No. 3. Pantalon rouge (Red Trousers): Allegro all marcia
No. 4. Crepuscule du soir mystique (Mystical Twilight): Lento
No. 5. La Rosiere (The Motorboat): Presto
No. 1. Prelude: Adagio
No. 2. Quasi minuetto
No. 3. Elegy: Molto adagio
No. 4. Humoreske: Vivace
I. Allegro con moto
II. Andante semplice
III. Scherzo-Finale: Molto vivace - Poco meno mosso - Tempo primo
No. 1. Andante con moto, "A white Naiad in a rippling stream"
II. Adagio sostenuto, "A rapt Seraph in a Moonlight Beam"
No. 3. Presto, "The Dew by Fairy Feet swept from the Green"
I. White Oxen: Andante pigramente
II. Drifting Clouds: Molto tranquillo
III. L'Improvisadou (The Improvisatore): Allegro moderato
No. 1. Allegro con espressione
No. 2. Pesante: Minaccioso, sempre al rigore di tempo e sostenuto
No. 1. Allegro commodamente
No. 2. Andantino gracile
No. 3. Tempo di valse
No. 4. Andantino tenebroso - Animato
No. 1. Allegretto frescamente - Giocoso - Tempo primo
No. 2. Molto vivace
No. 3. Narrante a piacere - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
No. 4. Sostenuto
Theme: Allegretto grazioso [tempo di minuetto]
Variation 1
Variation 2: Allegro
Variation 3: Allegro [al rigore di tempo]
Variation 4: Intermezzo: Allegro leggierissimo e giocoso - Meno mosso - Tempo primo
Variation 5: Largamento, lugubre, ma non ritardare
Variation 6: Allegro molto
No. 1. Andante largamento - Tranquillo - Andante
No. 2. Andante con moto, sempre cantabile
Allegretto sostenuto - Tranquillo -
Come una improvisazione - Poco adagio -
Poco allegro - Allegro molto - Tranquillo
I. Maestoso sostenuto - Doppio movimento: Animato - Meno mosso: Tranquillo - Tempo primo
II. Vivace - Meno mosso - Vivace
I. Allegro limpido-semplice - Tranquillo
II. Andante mesto - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
III. Vivace ma non troppo
No. 1. 4 Old Tunes: Rubato
No. 2. 4 Old Tunes: Andante
No. 3. 4 Old Tunes: Poco rubato
No. 4. 4 Old Tunes: Andante
No. 5. Scherzo: Allegro
No. 6. Ballade: Andante
No. 7. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
No. 8. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 9. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 10. Old Dance Tunes: L'istesso tempo
No. 11. Old Dance Tunes: Assai moderato
No. 12. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 13. Old Dance Tunes: Poco piu vivo
No. 14. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
No. 15. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 1. Moderato
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 2. Andante
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 3. Lento
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 4. Allegro vivace
Book 2: No. 5. Menuetto
Book 2: No. 6. Air
Book 2: No. 7. Marcia delle bestie
Book 2: No. 8. Tambourine
Book 3: No. 9. Preludio -
Book 3: No. 9. All ungherese
I. With Drums and Pipes
II. Barcarolle
III. Musette
IV. The Night's Music
V. The Chase
I. Allegro moderato
II. Sostenuto e pesante
III. Allegro molto
I. Bagpipers
II. Bear Dance
III. Finale
Series I: No. 1. Allegro
Series I: No. 2. Allegro
Series I: No. 3. Allegro
Series I: No. 4. Andante
Series I: No. 5. Allegro moderato
Series I: No. 6. Andante
Series I: No. 7. Andante
Series I: No. 8. Allegretto
Series I: No. 9. Allegro
Series I: No. 10. Piu allegro
Series II: No. 1. Molto moderato
Series II: No. 2. Moderato
Series II: No. 3. Andante
Series II: No. 4. Andante
Series II: No. 5. Moderato
Series II: No. 6. Andante
Series II: No. 7. Variante della precedente
Series II: No. 8. Allegro
Series II: No. 9. Allegretto
Series II: No. 10. Allegro
No. 1. Bot-tanc (Stick Dance)
No. 2. Braul
No. 3. Topogo (The Stomper)
No. 4. Bucsumi tanc (Bucsumi Dance)
No. 5. Roman polka (Romanian Polka)
No. 6. Aprozo (Quick Dance)
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegro -
III. Largo -
IV. Finale: Allegro risoluto
I. Piano Sonata in A flat major
II. Piano Sonata in D minor, "Elegy"
III. Piano Sonata in C major
I. Allegro abbandonamente
II. Andantino con moto -
III. Allegro con spirito
I. Introduzione: Andante con moto -
II. Allegro -
III. Tempo dell'introduzione -
IV. Allegro molto sfrenatamente, presto -
V. Quasi cadenza
No. 1. Danza col canto
No. 2. Danza sinfonica
No. 3. Danza fiorata
No. 4. Danza jubilosa
No. 5. Danza ondulata
No. 6. Danza ditirambica
I. Allegretto -
II. Introduzione: Mesto -
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Romanza: Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo -
II. Scherzo: Allegro -
III. Meditazione: Andante con moto -
IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo
Allegro sostenuto, concentrado -
L'istesso tempo (ma con entusiasmo) -
Fuga: Sempre al rigore di tempo -
Tempo I, concentrando -
A tempo (con entusiasme) -
Coda: Sempre animato (al rigore di tempo)
No. 1. Sonata reminiscenza
No. 2. Danza graziosa -
No. 3. Danza festiva
No. 4. Canzona fluviala
No. 5. Danza rustica
No. 6. Canzona serenata
No. 7. Danza silvestra
No. 8. Alla Reminiscenza
No. 1. Meditazione
No. 2. Romanza
No. 3. Primavera, "Fruhlingsmarchen"
No. 4. Canzon matinata -
No. 5. Sonata tragica
I. Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile
II. Allegro moderato e cantabile
No. 1. Meditazione
No. 2. Romanza
No. 3. Primavera, "Fruhlingsmarchen"
No. 4. Canzona matinata -
No. 5. Sonata tragica
No. 1. Danza col canto
No. 2. Danza sinfonica
No. 3. Danza fiorata
No. 4. Danza jubilosa
No. 5. Danza ondulata
No. 6. Danza ditirambica
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Largo
III. Vivace spiritoso
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegro -
III. Largo -
IV. Finale: Allegro risoluto
I. Romanza: Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo -
II. Scherzo: Allegro -
III. Meditazione: Andante con moto -
IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro sostenuto, concentrando -
II. L'istesso tempo [ma con entusiasmo] -
III. [Fuga]: Sempre al rigore di tempo -
IV. Tempo I, concentrando -
V. A tempo [con entusiasmo] -
VI. Coda: Sempre animato [al rigore di tempo]
I. Allegro abbandonamente
II. Andantino con moto
III. Allegro con spirito
I. Introduzione: Andante con moto -
II. Allegro -
III. Tempo dell'introduzione -
IV. Allegro molto sfrenatamente, presto -
V. Quasi cadenza
I. Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile
II. Allegro moderato e cantabile
I. Tiento: Allegro
II. Diferencias: Adagio
III. Folia: Molto mosso
I. Allegro affettuoso, un poco agitato -
II. Vivace
III. Andante
IV. Maestoso ma andando
I. Prelude: Quasi presto, arditamente -
II. Fantasia: Sostenuto, quasi adagio -
III. Ciaconna: Allegro risoluto
Prelude: Moderato - Alla breve - Adagio -
Fugue: Allegro moderato


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