Chapter Three

five pieces for solo piano

Charlotte Bray

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Composer Charlotte Bray
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ca. 6' 30"

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Catalogue ID ce-cb1ct3

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These piano pieces were written as presents for the composers school friends (aka ‘The Nuggets’), to celebrate the births of their children. Intended to be played by children and adults alike, Chapter Three is the third collection in a series of books of short piano pieces. Each explores the piano in a different way, designating a temperament to the music, inspired by the child in some way.

As a baby, little Zachary just couldn’t stop eating Avocados! ‘Avocado Man’ was born. The gentle character reflects his temperament; slowly moving patterns centre on the white notes of the piano. Written at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire whilst watching beautiful Blue Jay’s from the window, ‘Bryn’s Blue Jay’ is graceful and light. A flowing melody is punctuated by chirping staccato octaves. ‘Luke’s Lamborghini’ reflects Luke’s love of cars. Chromatic movement revs the music on, fast and extrovert. ‘Zayden’s Den’ is joyful and sweet, with a cheeky swing. Dustin’s first passport photo inspired ‘WANTED’ – what a great picture! The music is mysterious and sneaky, as if the villain is creeping around. Trills and sudden dynamic contrasts add to the tension.