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Stoker: Piano Music / Eric Parkin


Release Date: 06/29/1999 
Label:  Priory Records   Catalog #: 659   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Stoker was born at Castleford, Yorkshire, on November 8, 1938. He shares his birthplace with the sculptor, Henry Moore, and his birthday with both Arnold Bax and Bram Stoker. His first piano lessons at the age of six were with an uncle; his first steps in composing were taken the following year. He was later helped by a number of distinguished musicians, including Harold Truscott and Eric Fenby in his native Yorkshire. Arthur Benjamin and Benjamin Britten both encouraged him to be more cosmopolitan in outlook, while Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music drew out his inner voice. Then in Paris, on a Mendelssohn Scholarship, Nadia Boulanger made him more aware of the contemporary music scene. He has written: "From an early age Read more I loved writing for the piano, and my love for the instrument has grown year by year. I have none of the usual hang-ups about it being out of time with other instruments, although I do notice it sometimes. In the hands of a fine player, the piano is a glorious instrument, and is my favorite, with the guitar a close second." Between 1963 and 1987 Richard Stoker was a professor of composition and a tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, teaching many leading composers of the younger generation. Besides his considerable body of music, he has also published two novels, a collection of short stories and three books of poetry; he has written three plays and has exhibited his drawings and paintings. He edited Composer Magazine from 1969-1980. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Serenade for Piano, Op. 17 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 26 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3. Poet's Notebook, Op. 7 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4. Variations for Piano, Op. 45 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Regency Suite for Piano, Op. 15 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1959; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6. Jazz Preludes (2), Op. 63 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7. Zodiac Variations, Op. 22 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 71 by Richard Stoker
Performer:  Eric Parkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  All Saints Church, East Finchley, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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