Greening Hedgerows

Shocklach Diary Mvt.6 for solo piano

--- Martin Bussey

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Shocklach Diary Mvt.6 for solo piano

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Composer Martin Bussey
Year of Composition 2019
Duration ca.4'

Student Difficulty int-adv
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-mb2gh1


Sixth and last in a set of six short pieces for piano which stem from moving in 2015 to a converted Methodist Chapel on the borders of Cheshire and Wales. Border lands have long been a strong interest. Links between place and music are hard to define and seldom absolute, but they form a common strand in much music that has influenced me. History reflected in music is another significant interest, present particularly in works such as Mary’s Hand, my monodrama about Mary 1, and my work exploring the life and poetry of Ivor Gurney, Severn Meadows.

‘Greening Hedgerows’ is an unpretentious piece which explores a musical idea that appeared while driving back from a day on the Wirral coast at West Kirby. Its cheerful optimism, reflected in regular compound time and a melody with accompaniment texture, owes much to the Spring music of Frank Bridge and to the views from West Kirby across the Dee estuary to the North Wales coast. Some perky bi-tonality keeps the music quirky and of interest.