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Hopekirk: Piano Music / Steigerwalt


Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 430  
Composer:  Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Scottish musician Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945) was regarded as one of the major concert pianists of her generation. She also made a lasting contribution as a piano teacher in Boston, Mass., after her emigration in 1897. As a composer, she forged an intriguing path by turning to the music of her native country as the wellspring of her creativity. The early pieces can sound like Brahms in the Highlands, and her later works marry Debussyan Impressionism with Hebridean folk-music, to evocative, touching and exhilarating effect. This is the first album dedicated to Hopekirk's music. Gary Steigerwalt, who is writing a biography of Helen Hopekirk, recently retired as a professor on the music faculty of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Read more Massachusets, where he taught for 35 years. He gave the first performance in over a century of her Concertstuck with the Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Iona Memories by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1907; Scotland 
2.
Romance for Piano in A Minor by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Scotland 
3.
Serenade for Piano in F-Sharp Major by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Scotland 
4.
Scottish Folksongs (5): No. 1, Land o' the Leal by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Scotland 
5.
Scottish Folksongs (5): No. 2, Turn Ye to Me by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Scotland 
6.
Scottish Folksongs (5): No. 5, Eilidh Bhan by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Scotland 
7.
Sundown by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Scotland 
8.
Serenata Suite for Piano: I. Maestoso by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Scotland 
9.
Suite for Piano by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Scotland 
10.
Waltz for Piano in F-Sharp Major by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1920; Scotland 
11.
Compositions (2) for Piano: No. 1, Shadows by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Scotland 
12.
Robin Good-Fellow by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Scotland 
13.
Tone-Pictures (2) for Piano by Helen Hopekirk
Performer:  Gary Steigerwalt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; Scotland 

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