Category Archives: Creative

Music 207-221: A fourth little suite in fifteen sketches

Hi Everyone

I decided to once again post all 15 piano sketches in a block. Last time I posted them individually and I found it tiresome – as many probably did! This way if you want to listen to as little or as many as you like, you can. Besides, I think of all 15 pieces as belonging together somehow.

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

So here is the Fourth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches. Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Off to town
2. After the train has gone
3. Aspiring ballerina
4. Dingle Dell
5. Bungling juggler
6. Orange grove
7. Skipping ropes
8. Spiders
9. Pussycat chases a leaf
10. Quite frankly, Nora was in no mood to dance the foxtrot with Herbert
11. Melting ice cream in a cone
12. When the cowboy rides into town to woo Mary-Lou
13. The music box
14. Summer flowers
15. Thank God it’s Friday

Click on a title to download the written music
1. Off to town
2. After the train has gone
3. Aspiring ballerina
4. Dingle Dell
5. Bungling juggler
6. Orange grove
7. Skipping ropes
8. Spiders
9. Pussycat chases a leaf
10. Quite frankly, Nora was in no mood to dance the foxtrot with Herbert
11. Melting ice cream in a cone
12. When the cowboy rides into town to woo Mary-Lou
13. The music box
14. Summer flowers
15. Thank God it’s Friday

Music 206: Safe harbours

“Safe harbours” is the fifteenth and final piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”. As for the previous two Little Suites, the final piece is the same as the first. I do this because I think of each suite as a little journey, and to hear the first piece again is perhaps not only to greet an old friend but to see how the experience of the previous pieces somehow transforms/changes the way we listen. Be that as it may…

Thanks for listening these past 15 days.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 205: Seventh birthday

“Seventh Birthday” is the fourteenth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

I had no one in particular in mind, other than remembering my own 7th birthday and knowing how exciting it can be!

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 204: Grandma’s treadle sewing machine

“Grandma’s treadle sewing machine” is the 13th piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 203: Faerie rings

“Faerie Rings” is piano piece number 12 in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

Apparently (and I’ve never done it) if you step into a fairy ring you end up dancing until you drop dead – unless you wear your hat back-to-front for that confuses the fairies.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 202: Carousel

Today’s piano piece is called “Carousel” and is the eleventh piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

The New Zealand composer, Douglas Lilburn (probably our most well-known composer), wrote an electronic work called “Carousel” that I had to teach as part of the music syllabus to 15 year-olds for about ten years. Of course, I grew to detest it! I guess this piece should have been called “Merry-go-round” instead! I sometimes have told people that “Lilburn taught me”. That’s not exactly true. Years ago, when I was a student at university and had to compose a piece of music in the university’s electronic studio, Douglas Lilburn opened the door and said “Have you finished yet? Because I want to lock up and go home”!

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 201: Boys will be boys

This is the tenth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” and is called “Boys will be boys”.

The piece tries to capture the rough and tumble of play. I always had to bite my tongue when teachers would come to a group of tussling youths and say “Boys! Boys! We don’t do that. You must learn to control yourselves.” What did he/she think the boys were doing? Anyway…

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

Audio

Download written piano music.