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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.

Music 383-395: A Baker’s Dozen

Hi Everyone

Here is a little suite of 13 piano pieces – called A Baker’s Dozen. The first piece I have posted before, but I’ve included it in this little collection.

Thanks. Here they are:

1.Liddle Diddy – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
2. A Jolly Dance – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
3. Rondo – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
4. Windmills – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
5. Nine Eight – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
6. Hiccups – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
7. Something’s Passing – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
8. Little Bird – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
9. Perpetual Motion – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
10. Fugue – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
11. Wonky – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
12. Sunday Train – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
13. Elegy – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

2072. Strum strum

Ronald was a school teacher. He taught little kids (I won’t give the Year because it differs from country to country). He occasionally played the guitar while the kids sang Michael Row Your Boat Ashore and stuff like that. The kids were small enough to pretend to row boats in the classroom and jump up and down like waves and dive about like dolphins.

Ronald liked to play the guitar to relax. When he came home from a long day at school he would sit at the back of his garden and strum away. He wasn’t God’s gift to the musical world, but he was good enough.

The school lacked a music teacher and no other teacher was particularly musically inclined. Could perhaps Ronald spend time going from classroom to classroom to teach the music element of the curriculum? He did that, at first enthusiastically, and then it became a little humdrum like any other job. He also volunteered to be the musical director of the annual production and he took the choir through its paces.

When he went home after a busy day at school, Ronald never went to the back of his garden to play the guitar. The guitar was a job. He had lost all interest in playing it.

Music 368-370: Three Short Serial Piano Pieces

There are three new piano pieces HERE at this link. It will take you to another page with links to my compositions of 2021 – including the new piano pieces. Go there if you dare!

Some people like to know how some things are made, so for them these three pieces are based on the same grid made out of the same 12-tone row. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, it doesn’t matter. One doesn’t have to have the recipe of my fabulous rhubarb cheesecake to enjoy eating it.

To be even more obtuse, below is the grid from which the pieces are created. It is a composition “devise” created by Arnold Schoenberg and other composers in the mid-20th century. All 12 notes of the keyboard are played in a particular order and all are to be played before any note is repeated. Of course, these three pieces here “cheat” – who among us doesn’t break the rules when it comes to writing 12-tone serial music?

Thanks. Back to stories tomorrow.

Music Compositions 2021

Here are Music Compositions of 2021

  • 11 January – Whimsy 1 – for piano (1’24”) – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 11 January – Whimsy 2 – for piano (1’24”) – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 13 February – The annoying kingfisher outside my window – for piano – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 2 March – Three piano pieces based on the same serial 12-tone row:
    • Piece 1 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Piece 2 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Piece 3 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
  • 26 March – Twelve Preludes in Search of a Key:
    • Prelude 1 (starting on the note C) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 2 (starting on the note Db) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 3 (starting on the note D) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 4 (starting on the note Eb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 5 (starting on the note E) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 6 (starting on the note F) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 7 (starting on the note Gb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 8 (starting on the note G) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 9 (starting on the note Ab) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 10 (starting on the note A) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 11 (starting on the note Bb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 12 (starting on the note B) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

NOTE: I gave up adding links to new 2021 compositions to this page as it was a clumsy method! Further new composition links appear in the general daily index as usual.

Music 362: Piano Sonata No. 3 in E minor

Hi Everyone

Here is a sonata (3 movements) for the piano. It will probably be the last bit of music for the year. The computer is playing them as my mic is broken – and besides, bits of the sonata are getting beyond my ability to play them.

I’m not expecting everyone to sit down for quarter of an hour to listen as they’re a bit arty-farty in places, but if you’re interested here it is! (Note: my autocorrect keeps changing “arty-farty” to “arty-party”.) It is called “Piano Sonata in E minor”; it starts in E minor but I quickly got distracted!

Thanks

Click on a title to listen to each of the three Movements:

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

Click on a title to download the written music of each of the three Movements:

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

1887. The Harmonious Blacksmith

It was Grandma Hilda’s 75th birthday coming up. She loved to hear twelve year old granddaughter, Lydia, play the piano. Grandma Hilda liked old-fashioned music. Not that Lydia didn’t, so Lydia thought she would surprise Grandma Hilda by playing a piece specially learnt for the birthday. Lydia thought and thought and thought. In the end, she decided to learn Handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith. She practised and practised and practised. It was quite hard, even though she was very good at playing the piano.

Grandma Hilda’s birthday arrived. Lydia and her parents went to visit.

“Happy Birthday Grandma!” said Lydia. “I’ve learnt a special piece on the piano for you!”

“That’s lovely dear,” said Grandma Hilda. “As long as it’s not a piece by that awful composer called Handel. His music goes boom, boom, boom, and I can’t stand it.”

“No,” said Lydia. “It’s by Scarlatti.”

Grandma loved it. She didn’t know the difference. In the circumstance it’s possible that Handel wouldn’t have minded.