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Music 436-438: Three Etudes

Here are three Etudes for piano. Basically an Etude is an exercise for improving on a specific skill in playing a specific instrument, but people like Chopin managed to turn them into pieces good enough to play in a concert.

Etude 1: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
Etude2: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
Etude3: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Music 432-434: Three Christmas Carols in Partial Disguise

Here are three short pieces for piano – basically me messing around with three different Christmas Carols. See if you can recognize them!

Carol 1: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
Carol 2: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
Carol 3: Audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Joyful Days – Sunday

Hello Everyone – Today I’m going to do something different for a week and give myself a break. I am going to post a piano piece each day – Sunday to Saturday – and I’ve called the collection “Joyful Days”. Basically I think they’re happy pieces, and are modelled a little bit on Ragtime Music.

I thought of posting all seven days of the week at once and then decided to do it each day. Some are quite short.

So those of you who are not into piano music can take a break too, and I’ll see you all (hopefully) on November 14th!

So here is today’s Joyful Day: Sunday!

Click HERE for the audio. Click HERE for a pdf of the written music.

Music 418-24: In the Mode

For piano

Most will be familiar (at least in name) with Major and Minor Scales. But there are lots of other scales besides those. Some are called Modes, but are basically the same thing as a scale. Modal Music was the music of the Ancient Greeks and of the Early Church.

Here are seven pieces for piano each based on a different mode. The pieces are named after the names of each mode used.

The fourth piece here – called after the Locrian Mode – is one that some advise never to use as it’s very dissonant. I couldn’t resist, but “cheated” a tiny bit by adding a few non-modal notes!

1. Dorian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
2. Ionian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
3. Lydian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
4. Locrian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
5. Mixolydian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
6. Aeolian: The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.
7. Phrygian The audio HERE, and the sheet music HERE.

Music 409-13: Serenade for String Orchestra

Here is a Serenade for String Orchestra. It is in five movements.

I: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
II: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
III: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
IV: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
V: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE

Music 405-8: Suite for Piano

Here is a Suite for Piano made up of four pieces. It is based on serial music which for those who don’t know (and are possibly not the slightest bit interested!) has all 12 notes played in a fairly rigorous set order – in a series – hence “Serial Music”. Please don’t feel obliged to listen if Serial Music is not your thing!

I – Trapped by a Chord: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
2 – Ragged Notes: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
3 – Toccata: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
4 – Summersaults: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.

Music 402-4: Three Rondos for Wind Quartet

Here are 3 rondos for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, and bassoon.

Rondo I: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
Rondo II: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.
Rondo III: The audio can he heard HERE, and the sheet music can be downloaded HERE.

In the unlikely event of them getting performed I could provide the individual music for each instrument.

Music 401: Little Red Riding Hood

Here is a piece of Dance Theatre – possibly for Christmas but not necessarily. It has 19 dances that tell the (fairly) traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. In all probability it will never get done as these days the plot is regarded by some as sexist. However I present it in the hope that it might get performed in a less enlightened age.

The work has elements that rile many a purist. For example, there are bits of Ballet, bits of Contemporary Dance, bits of Ballroom Dance, bits of Folk Dance, and bits of Pantomime.

At present the music score is for piano only. I thought initially I would orchestrate it, but it is time consuming for something that may never be performed. So if anyone wants it orchestrated they can ask me or do it themselves! My music composing software is so old and the notation so small by the time I put all the instruments of an orchestra on a page that I can’t see it any more!

This posting is simply a link to a separate webpage that gives the plot, and audios and sheet music of the 19 dances. I’m not expecting people to listen to all 19! A performance would take about 3/4s of an hour.

Thanks! Here is the link: HERE!

Music 397-399: Three pieces to play while wearing a silly hat

Ok. Ok. I’ve put off posting these three short pieces for piano because every time I post music I lose another three quarters of this blog’s followers. And followers these days are getting perilously low. Thank you faithful ones!

Wearing a silly hat might thankfully distract from having to notice the music! Who knows? Anyway, here they are:

Silly Hat I – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Silly Hat II – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Silly Hat III– audio HERE, sheet music HERE.