Short Piano Pieces

for solo piano

Rob Keeley

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Composer Rob Keeley
Year of Composition 2013
Duration 1'-3' each
ISMN 9790570681044
Student Difficulty int-adv
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-rk1spp1


Entangled Ladders (pp 1-5)

As the title suggests, a musicalisation of ladders, intertwined and in constantly changing combinations, with a change of mood towards the end.

Elegiac Ground (pp 6-8)

Composed in 1989 this is a straightforward and modest little passacaglia in a fairly simple arch shape.

Volando (10-11)

This fleeting miniature was written to celebrate Michael Finnissy’s 60th birthday in 2006 and first played by Philip Howard at The Warehouse, London.

Capriccio for Minna Keal’s 80th Birthday (12-14)

Composed in 1989 and since cleaned up, this was a gift for the doughty composer Minna Keal who showed us all that it’s never too late to make a ‘go’ of it. I was surprised, looking at the piece for publication, how close it is, especially harmonically, so much of what I’m writing some 25 years later.

A Little Passacaglia (15-18)

Written for Natalie Bleicher, to whom I had the pleasure of teaching composition, the title really says it all. She has recorded it in a CD entitled ‘Dream Rotations’.

Three Commemorations, for Aldo Clementi, Peter Lieberson and Malcolm Smith (pp19, 20-21, 22-24) page 25 blank

Short pieces written as tributes to two composers (neither of whom I knew, but had met, and admire deeply) and one publisher, whose larger-than-life presence (not to mention luxuriant moustache, fruity gossip and lingering whiff of pipesmoke) will not be easily forgotten.

Tristanklanggesang (pp 26-27)

Written as a tribute to Professor John Deathridge on his retirement,this miniature combines a musicalisation of his name with the opening chords of ‘Tristan’, shuffled and redistributed mercilessly. Beethoven also puts in a brief appearance at the end.