Music 224-238: A fifth little suite in fifteen sketches

Hi Everyone

Here is the Fifth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.

Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Welcome to the fete!
2. Stilts wade in the estuary
3. Coloured ribbons
4. Gone fishing!
5. Bullfight parade
6. The villagers dance
7. Teddy bear lost
8. Teddy bear found!
9. Rain on the window
10. Dad embarrasses his kids by taking over the dance floor
11. Faverolles (French chickens)
12. Cat and mouse
13. Last dance before leaving for war
14. The inebriated gentleman attempts to thread a needle
15. After the parade

Click on a title to download the written music
1. Welcome to the fete!
2. Stilts wade in the estuary
3. Coloured ribbons
4. Gone fishing
5. Bullfight parade
6. The villagers dance
7. Teddy bear lost
8. Teddy bear found!
9. Rain on the window
10. Dad embarrasses his kids by taking over the dance floor
11. Faverolles (French chickens)
12. Cat and mouse
13. Last dance before leaving for war
14. The inebriated gentleman attempts to thread a needle
15. After the parade

10 thoughts on “Music 224-238: A fifth little suite in fifteen sketches

  1. Sally Ember, Ed.D.

    Hi, Bruce,

    Okay. Finally getting around to listening to there (Sorry for the delay!).
    1) The left hand sounds “muddy” at first and again when that first section is repeated. The two hands seem somewhat stiffly put together, almost as if you wrote them separately and then put them together to “see if it fits,” and somehow, it doesn’t, quite, in that section or the second. I liked the third section best.

    2) i LOVED most of this! Flying creatures/beings (butterflies, lightning bugs/fireflies, fairies, hummingbirds, barn swallows) all fluttering about and enjoying a sunny day feeling! I enjoyed the treble so much, I wished you moved the entire piece up an octave so that there were no notes below middle C at all, anywhere. ,

    3) Another very fun piece. Evocative (to me) of the successful mingling of the royals and the hoi poloi, at a medieval outdoor fair or seasonal dance, with maypoles or some such, madrigal singers, vendors, other street performers and jugglers.

    4) Also liked this a lot. Felt as if an older adult were showing/teaching a child something important (household chore, outdoor skill) and by the end, they were doing it together very well and happily. Sweet. The ‘invention” style worked well for that, with its call-and-response musical sequences.

    5) Best one, yet. Great title. Fully encompassed the multitude of emotions, thoughts, statuses and experiences of those in the parade, those watching, the bulls and the full fighters, all in their own inner worlds yet coming together for this sad and happy event (major and minor themes showed this well). Well done!

    6) not a fan of this one: didn’t like the discordance/muddiness of both hands at times, when, otherwise, quite clear and clean melodies prevailed. Seemed a confused piece, to me.

    7) & 8) because of the titles, listened to these as a pair of tunes.
    —7) “lost” by Chopin, perhaps? LOL
    —8) and, found by Debussy, or…?
    I liked the sequence a lot. Well done.

    9) I LOVE RAIN and this was a great way to “enjoy” it, on a window or elsewhere. I loved the falling chords as raind showers and the staccato left hand as larger drops. The thunderous section was fun as well Could have had more lightning and could have been longer, or repeated, for my taste.

    10) Hilarious title. Great images. Not sure if the music fits, though. I wanted a hip-hop/rock-and-roll mish-mosh, perhaps. Not sure what this was, genre-wise. Liked the Jerry Lee Lewis moments, though.

    11) I wanted more “cotcotcodet” (clucking) and “cocorico” (crowing) and didn’t hear that. Hmmm.

    12) I would invert the order of the sections: put the second first, then the third, then the first, then combine any way you want. Liked them all, but couldn’t picture the cat-and-mouse interplay the way you have it arranged, somehow.

    13) Good idea and some good themes, here, but somehow, not sad or dismal enough for the title. Evoked “When Johnny Came Marching Home Again,” somehow, in parts, though, which was cool. Also, musically, this seemed very last century or earlier, war-time wise.

    14) “The drunk guy tries to do something complicated”…. This didn’t evoke that for me at all, but it is a cheery tune. Maybe a new title?

    15) “After the parade” it’s all messy and everyone left is cleaning up: horse and elephant dung, trash, smeared food, spilled drinks, leftover toys/chairs, etc. This tune didn’t seem to be evoking that at all for me. More like the set-up for something, maybe?

    Thanks for sharing and being so creative. Hope my comments are taken as supportive (meant to be).

    Best to you,

    Sally

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