Friday a.m. (piano)

Programme Note

This expansive miniature was written in 1981 and was my response to the emotional impact of listening to the Adagietto from Mahler’s 5th Symphony, hence my dedication: with apologies to Gustav. Indeed, the main melody of my piece follows the melodic line of Mahler’s, but takes off in a different direction and ‘gradually metamorphoses into a lighter style reminiscent of a jazz improvisation… though we move from the philharmonic hall in Central Europe to a Manhattan jazz club around 2am, when everything is subdued and transient’ (McLachlan).

Although written many years ago, the piece is a rather personal creative utterance and remained unpublished until I started discussing the repertoire for a new recording of my music for solo piano in 2020. It then emerged as a suitable piece to include for that purpose, and it is now being published for the first time.

Friday a.m. has been recorded by Murray McLachlan on the album Edward Gregson: Complete Music for Solo Piano (Naxos 8.574222).

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Work Details

  • Date of Composition: 1981
  • Publisher: Novello
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  • Duration: 6'
  • Instrumentation: Piano


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