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Olveston Suite

for piano. Anthony Ritchie Opus 30

These short pieces were composed for a concert in Olveston House, Dunedin, and describe different rooms in the historic home. They are evocative and designed for about grade 8 level.

Programme Note

Olveston Suite was composed in 1988 while Anthony Ritchie was Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago. The manager of Olveston House in Dunedin, Mr Dennis Moore, asked Anthony to play a programme of music in Olveston, on the 1904 grand piano. In response to a joking suggestion for a piece about the house, Anthony set about composing the Olveston Suite in quick time. The pieces reflect qualities of the house. They have been beautifully recorded by pianist Jan Liu as part of the NZ Music Trust's 2022 project publishing NZ piano music in China.

I - Great Hall video link
is expansive and majestic.

II - Kitchen and Scullery video link
is busy and bubbling.

III - Dining Room video link
suggests an old English style.

IV - Writing Room, Edwardian Bedroom video link
is dedicated to Dorothy Theomin, the daughter of the original owners of Olveston and the last member of the family to live in the house.

V - Billiard Room, Persian Room video link
is fast and jovial with an exotic middle section.

The Suite is rounded off by a repetition of Great Hall as the listener exits Olveston.

DURATION: 8 minutes

Buy the right to download a single pdf score, online, and permission to duplicate or print it as required for one pianist: NZ$15.00

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