Peter Hill

Biography

Peter Hill is a pianist well known for his playing in difficult modern works and Bach, and for his interest in East Asian music, as well as for his scholarly writing.

He studied music at Oxford, then attended the Royal College of Music in London studying classical repertory with Cyril Smith. He also studied with the famous French teacher Nadia Boulanger, which sharpened his already strong interest in contemporary classical
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In 1974 he won first prize at a competition in Darmstadt (considered the capital of European avant-garde music at the time).

He became a Jubilee Fellow at Royal Holloway College. In that capacity he wrote an important article for Tempo magazine on Western music influenced by Chinese music. This commended him to composer Brian Dennis, a composer highly affected by Chinese art and music, resulting in Hill's acclaimed performances of Dennis' works Willow Waves and the suite A Little Water Music.

He has three main recital partners: violinist Peter Cropper (a member of the Lindsay String Quartet), pianist Benjamin Frith, and composer-pianist George Benjamin. Hill's interest in newer music results in strikingly unusual recital programs, particularly in his concerts with Benjamin. British composers Nigel Osborne, Howard Skempton, and Douglas Young all have composed and dedicated music for him.

He had a major artistic association with French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Messiaen personally consulted with him on all his piano music and endorsed his performances. Hill's complete set of Messiaen piano works on seven CDs on the Unicorn-Kanchana label, completed in 1994, is one of the landmarks of twentieth-century piano music recordings; its centerpiece is the series of discs devoted to Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux.

He appears at international festivals and frequently on radio programs. The BBC named an all-Bach recital of Hill's as one of its broadcast highlights of the year 1988.

His scholarly publications include The Messiaen Companion, a discussion of the composer's music. In 2000 he was engaged in a series of the complete piano music of composer Igor Stravinsky.

Hill teaches at Sheffield University and lives in Yorkshire in the North of England. He played at the first Sheffield Chamber Music Festival in 1984, and has continued to make regular appearances there. He is credited with helping revitalize music in Sheffield. Read less

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Biography

Peter Hill is a pianist well known for his playing in difficult modern works and Bach, and for his interest in East Asian music, as well as for his scholarly writing.

He studied music at Oxford, then attended the Royal College of Music in London studying classical repertory with Cyril Smith. He also studied with the famous French teacher Nadia Boulanger, which sharpened his already strong interest in contemporary classical
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. (Crotchet = 112)
II. Adagietto
III. (Crotchet = 112)
Andantino
Allegro
Allegretto
Larghetto
Moderato
Lento
Vivo
Pesante
Hymne
Romanza
Rondoletto
Cadenza finale
I. Danse russe
II. Chez Petrouchka
III. La semaine grasse
I. Massig
II. Massig
III. Bewegt
I. Leicht, zart
II. Langsam
III. Sehr langsam
IV. Rasch, aber leicht
V. Etwas rasch
VI. Sehr langsam
I. Sehr langsam
II. Sehr rasch
III. Langsam
IV. Schwungvoll
V. Walzer
I. Praludium
II. Gavotte
III. Musette
IV. Gavotte
V. Intermezzo
VI. Menuett
VII. Trio
VIII. Menuett
IX. Gigue
I. Sehr massig
II. Sehr schnell
III. Ruhig fliessend
Moderato
Theme with Variations
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Allegretto
Con moto
Notturno
Quattro variazioni: Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Preludio e Fuga
Part I THE ADORATION OF THE EARTH: Introduction
Part I: Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Part I: Ritual of Abduction
Part I: Spring Rounds
Part I: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Sage
Part I: Dance of the Earth
Part II THE SACRIFICE: Introduction
Part II: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: Glorification of the Chosen One
Part II: Evocation of the Ancestors
Part II: Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Part II: Sacrificial Dance


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