Grades 6-7

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

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THE COMPLETE PIANO WORKS OF PETER WISHART: IN 3 VOLUMES

Mark edited the Complete Piano Works of Peter Wishart (1921-1984) for Edition Peters in 2006. Published in three volumes, the most significant work is entitled Opheis kai Klimakes Op.35, composed in 1959 - 'Snakes and Ladders' - and is cast in six movements. It is a considerable piece, lasting half an hour, and requiring a big technique. There are many wide stretches and fugal elements to tackle in the music, although there are lyrical episodes, witty interjections and neoclassical elements to bind the work together.

The Partita Op.10, in four movements, composed 1950.

Considering Peter Wishart’s lifelong reverence for the baroque and classical masters, the partita seems a fairly obvious form for him to have chosen to house a short group, or ‘suite’, of keyboard dances. is a rather shorter, probably more approachable piece on the whole. The Partita, according to Peter Wishart’s scheme – devised more than two centuries after Bach’s – however comprises just four short movements in preference to Bach’s usual six, seven or eight: a Prelude, Burlesca, Aria and Capriccio.

The Sonata for Piano Duet in B flat Op.5, composed in 1949, is a rather sturdy work, yet set in just two movements: Prelude and Variations. It was completed in April 1949 and its first performance (in the same year) was given by Peter Wishart and George Miles in Birmingham. Despite the obvious attractiveness of the work, and its significance as an exemplar of Wishart’s piano writing, the Sonata has for more than half a century languished in relative obscurity.

Recordings of Peter Wishart's Music

Mark has made two recordings of music by Peter Wishart, one in 2006 - (PRCD1881) The Complete Piano Music of Peter Wishart - and in 2009 - The Music of Peter Wishart: A 25th Aniversary Recording. Both recordings were made by Priory Records at St George's, Bristol. The editions detailed above are the result of much research and are based on the original manuscripts alongside the first edition of the Partita by OUP, who kindly rlinquished their copyright on the work. Mark has given many performances of 'Opheis kai Klimakes', notably at Wigmore Hall in London.

The second recording (PRCD1023), which was funded by Wishart's wife, Maureen Lehane (a singer of great rupte who sadly died in 2010) was produceed by Mark and featured performances by the Delme Quartet, Christopher Hyde-Smith (flute), Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone), Richard May (cello), Michael Langdon-Davies (clarinet) and himself. The music consisted of the Wishart's Clarinet Trio, several songs, Aubade and the Partita.

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