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Music 223: Piano Sonata 2

Hi Everyone

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 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 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.

Music 200: Ride on a camel

This is the ninth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” and is called “Ride on a camel”.

I’ve never had a ride on a camel (or even a horse) but I would imagine the camel getting up from its sitting position would be like a wild ride in a theme park, let alone the side to side wonky motion of its strides!

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

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 199: The whistling jongleur

This is the eighth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches and is called “The whistling jongleur”.

The photo is not exactly of a whistling jongleur! but captures the happiness of what I was trying to get in the music. The picture is the one that would come if you purchased a pre-made picture frame (every frame had the same picture) in North Carolina 20 years ago. It reminds me of Lamar Bascam Lunsford (composer of “Mountain Dew”) who initiated the reinvigoration of traditional folk music in the Carolinas and afar. By happy circumstance I lived next to his house and knew well his (now deceased) daughters and some of his grandchildren.

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

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 194: Daydream

Hello All

This is the third piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

The photo is taken through my kitchen window. It’s a scene that changes all the time, with the seasons, and the weather, various animals and birds, and light and shadows. It’s forever full of the unexpected! I could daydream all day looking out the kitchen window. I guess I was born to stand at the kitchen sink!

However, the view might be pastoral, but because the house is in a deep valley there’s no cell phone coverage, so who (other than me) would ever want to live there?!

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

Audio

Download written piano music.