Short Piano Pieces
for solo piano
£7.99 – £11.99
for solo piano
|Year of Composition||2013|
|Categories (all composers)||Piano & Keyboard, Piano & Keyboard, Solo Piano, Student Selection|
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.
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.