“Passage” is a 14  minute piano sonata in 3 continuous movements composed by Rosemary Duxbury in 2000. It is dedicated to her husband, Mike Duxbury.

Swiss pianist, Patricia Siffert premiered it at the Fraser Noble Hall, University of Leicester, England in 2006 and the London premiere was at Burgh House in 2008.  Patricia has also recorded it on the album “Streams” (Charasound). Marvin Rosen gave “Passage” its first radio broadcast in August 2010 on his radio show ‘Classical Discoveries’ WRPB Radio in America.

“Passage” is probably the most ‘powerful’ of Rosemary Duxbury’s piano music. The title is a play on words and explores the ideas of transformation, journey, the passage of time or a tunnel or channel as well as being simply a piece of music.

The sheet music can be made available for performing pianists.

The recording on the CD “Streams” is available to buy for £12.99 (inc. p&p)


For more information please email music@rosemaryduxbury.com


piano sonata
by Rosemary Duxbury

LISTEN to extracts:

1st movement      2nd movement   3rd movement

“Rosemary's music has that combination of artistic integrity and accessibility to a wide audience that eludes most contemporary composers. In the piece entitled Passage, repeating melodic patterns passed through harmonic waves suggesting a tension between that which alters through time and that which stays the same. The deep bass reminded me of Arvo Part, while the melodic patterning reminded me of Bach. Both composers, like Rosemary, who remind us that creative energy is divine in nature and origin.”
Stephen Gamble, music critic, Leicester Mercury.

“Duxbury’s ‘piano sonata’. Passage was composed in 2000 and is dedicated to her husband. It is a striking work that has power, depth and maintains the listener’s interest, in spite of the (apparently) relatively limited material used. It is the first minimalist piano sonata that I have heard and I enjoyed it very much.”

John France, Music Web International

extract from 2nd movement ©rosemaryduxbury

extract from 1st movement ©rosemaryduxbury