Robert Helps, Pop tour

Piano Music by Robert Helps

Trois Hommages (1972) [piano solo]

 — Helps‘ most popular trilogy and one of his most recorded works.
The first two hommagesFauré, à Rachmaninoff) elaborate the luscious pianism and nostalgic harmonies characteristic of the composers they salute.
Then, Hommage à Ravel surprisingly cleaves the set, offering one of Helps‘ most strikingly original works.
Three strictly measured themes are presented in increasing elaboration; then finally, simultaneously — a work of enduring fascination.
A student of Ravel remarked that it shares the “same sense of doom” as the early twentieth century maître.

Total Duration: 10 minutes

I — Hommage à Fauré
for G. Castagnetta & H. Kasschau
II — Hommage à Rachmaninoff
for J. Fennimore
III — Hommage à Ravel
for B. Webster
Hommage à Ravel, bars 67-69
Listen to the Trois Hommages
played by Robert Helps
Watch Hommage à Fauré

A live performance by Grace Moore, (1st prize Cat. E winner of 2013 Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition)
Read Program note for Trois Hommages, by R. Helps