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John Kinross

(b. Edinburgh 1848, d. London 1890)

John Kinross’ music has become not merely neglected – it has become virtually invisible. Contemporary reports tell that he was, firstly, an extremely talented and successful piano teacher in Dundee, then a freelance composer and pianist in London.

He wrote a substantial number of compositions for the young pianist; these works display a consistent charm and naturalness, all the more remarkable for the severe (and astute) self-imposed compositional limitations required when writing for the young pianist, especially in the five-finger position.

There is real invention in both hands when they become independent, and the teacher parts explore a remarkably sophisticated harmonic range. The expressive nuances in his music give the young pianist an early taste of genuine musical gesture, and cultivate a musical confidence rare in such novice music.

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