Category Archives: Piano Music

Music 269-283: An Eighth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Eighth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. There are 11 little suites in total.

I called these “sketches” because that is what I intended them to be. About two years ago or so I was taking a music class of 14 year olds (male and female). They were being introduced to all sorts of music. I played them “The Moldau” by Smetena because it tells a story of a river: a spring, rapids, a hunting party, a wedding, deep still water, the ocean, etc. They looked at me puzzled. How does it sound like river rapids? Why would that be a wedding party? and so on. They had little inkling of music on its own. Music was to be accompanied by a film/video/dancing… I thought that these 154 sketches might help teachers to paint pictures without pictures!

Also some piano teachers might find some of the sketches handy to help develop different pianistic techniques in their pupils… And on that note – I must admit, even though it might not sound like it, that one of today’s sketches A little two step with Scott (Joplin) I found the hardest to play out of all the 154 pieces!!

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. Sibling squabbles
2. Late afternoon
3. Frolicking Scarlatti
4. Horse riding
5. A little two step with Scott
6. The magician
7. Joviality
8. Military Parade
9. Waves on rocks
10. Picking flowers
11. Skiing
12. Skimming stones
13. Grandpa’s old clock
14. View from the hill
15. Still squabbling

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1. Sibling squabbles
2. Late afternoon
3. Frolicking Scarlatti
4. Horse riding
5. A little two step with Scott
6. The magician
7. Joviality
8. Military Parade
9. Waves on rocks
10. Picking flowers
11. Skiing
12. Skimming stones
13. Grandpa’s old clock
14. View from the hill
15. Still squabbling

Music 254-268: A Seventh Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Seventh Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches – both audio and printable – for the pianoforte. (There will be 11 Little Suites altogether. Note, as in all 11 suites, that Sketches 1 and 15 are almost the same).

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. Hopscotch
2. Snakes and ladders
3. Humpty-Dumpty
4. Just being silly
5. Hide and seek
6. Tippy toe
7. Babbling brook
8. Bobbling boats
9. Blowing bubbles
10. Playground taunts
11. Playing ball
12. Marbles
13. School’s out!
14. The bully
15. For the kids who never got to play

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1. Hopscotch
2. Snakes and ladders
3. Humpty-Dumpty
4. Just being silly
5. Hide and seek
6. Tippy toe
7. Babbling brook
8. Bobbling boats
9. Blowing bubbles
10. Playground taunts
11. Playing ball
12. Marbles
13. School’s out!
14. The bully
15. For the kids who never got to play

Music 239-253: A Sixth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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Here is the Sixth 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. As for all the eleven Little Suites (which I’ve finished) the first and last sketches are identical.

Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Dull rainy day
2. Cartwheels
3. The old car
4. Skipping along
5. Park slide
6. Journeyman cooper
7. Spinning jenny
8. Bird on a branch
9. Bedtime story
10. Getting the kids ready for school
11. Harvest festival
12. It looks like rain
13. The iron gate
14. The fop
15. Clear skies

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1. Dull rainy day
2. Cartwheels
3. The old car
4. Skipping along
5. Park slide
6. Journeyman cooper
7. Spinning jenny
8. Bird on a branch
9. Bedtime story
10. Getting the kids ready for school
11. Harvest festival
12. It looks like rain
13. The iron gate
14. The fop
15. Clear skies

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

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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

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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

Music 223: Piano Sonata 2

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I have such a backlog of piano compositions to share with anyone who might want to listen, that I hope I’m not testing your patience. However, I want to get the music “out there”. I’ve already passed the age at which all 4 grandparents shuffled off, and am almost at my father’s age… So I want to make sure all the piano music was available so that it could disappear into obscurity on its own merits!

This Second Piano Sonata is a bit darker than the first and is a bit longer. It doesn’t tell a story as such, nor is it autobiographical. For those of you who want to listen but need some sort of image to help with this type of music, it maybe helpful to think of an abusive or disintegrating relationship, which by the 3rd movement starts to crawl out of the tunnel. With this in mind it doesn’t make for an overly pleasant listening experience, but it is a sonata and not music to be played in the supermarket to enhance the shopping experience!

Thanks

Click on a link to listen
1st movement – audio
2nd movement – audio
3rd movement – audio

Click on a link to download the written music
1st movement – sheet music
2nd movement – sheet music
3rd movement – sheet music

Music 222: Piano Sonata 1

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Here is a piano sonata (in three movements). There’s an audio link for those who may want to listen, and the second lot of links is to download the written music for the many thousands who want to learn it and play it in concert halls all over the world. Each of the three movements is downloadable separately.

So here is the Piano Sonata, Opus Who-knows-what. Thanks

Click on a link to listen
1st movement – audio
2nd movement – audio
3rd movement – audio

Click on a link to download the written music
1st movement – sheet music
2nd movement – sheet music
3rd movement – sheet music

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

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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

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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