Toccata in Funk Bradley G. Eustace (b.1978)
Moderate speed with energy
Bradley Grant Eustace, the son of Robert and Rita Eustace, was born in Cairne, Australia on July 12th, 1978. Eustace is an Australian composer, arranger, publisher, and pianist who had been one of the nominees of the top five in the Classical/Jazz section of the 2008 National Music Oz Awards. He started learning many musical instruments in the age of 8 and he got his first Associate Diploma from Yamaha Music Foundations when he was 15. In 1995, he won a MOST (Most Outstanding Student) scholarship in the State of Queensland on bass clarinet. Then, he graduated as Diploma in Music Technology with the Australian Guild of Music Education in 2001 and got the Master…show more content… He is known as a pianist, composer, and educator who graduated from University of Melbourne in focus on music performance with title Bachelor of Music. Since he learnt piano in age 8, he began to love improvising and he took music composition class when he was in college. He composed pieces mostly for educating his students, to develop performance techniques and awareness of intelligent design. As a proof of his dedication in educating people, his works are listed in Australian examination syllabi and often heard in many music competitions, such as Theme and Deviations (1990), A Gangster Suite (2003), Red Hot Rhapsodies (1997).
Red Hot Rhapsodies is a suite that consists of 3 folkish and virtuosic pieces composed for solo piano in 1997. It is like a sonata which Transylvanian Romp as the first movement, Siesta as the second movement, and Jamaican Fumble as the third movement.
Transylvanian Romp starts in supertonic of C Major key and the actual key reveals in the end of the piece. It has an irregular time signature 7/8. The articulation, legato and staccato, shows the grouping of rhythm that always changes, such as 2+2+3, 2+3+2, 3+2+2, 3+4, 4+3. The form of this piece is free form but the first theme appears several times in many variations. The melody of this piece is always moving forward without pause or stop.