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Music 194: Daydream

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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.

Music 193: Tumbleweed

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Today we present “Tumbleweed”, the second piano piece from the “Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

The picture is of a New Zealand type of tumbleweed that likes to scoot along some of our beaches. It is called Beach Spiniflex (Spiniflex sericeus – I looked that up) although I think most people just call it tumbleweed or “that prickly thing”.

The piano piece is not that difficult if you practised your scales as a kid (naughty naughty) – although the chords in the middle are a bit more tricky!

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

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 192: Into the Deep

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It seems like I can’t keep quiet! The “Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” for the piano is now finished. Instead of (like last time) posting all 15 at once and the posting going into many junk folders because it contains too many links, this time a piano piece a day will be posted for the next fortnight. (I know the word “fortnight” is not universally used in the English-speaking world but it’s a brevity for “14 nights”!) That way too, one is not faced with the mountainous task of “having to try and listen to all 15 pieces at once”!

The first piece is called “Into the Deep” and is simply a piano arrangement of “The Skye Boat Song” – which is one of my favourite tunes of all time. If I may show off ever so briefly, it might sound simple but I find it almost impossibly difficult to play with all the hand-crossing in it!

Today’s picture is taken from page 334 of a French magazine published every 6 months (beginning in 1860) called “Tour de monde”.

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

Audio

Download written piano music.

Music 177-191: A second little suite in fifteen sketches

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This is to advertise the second little suite of 15 sketches for the piano.

I post them here because I have no clue what else I am meant to do with the things! Perhaps Lucas Debargue or Yuja Wang will stumble across these pieces and declare they’re just what they’ve been looking for! (Yeah right!)

I realize that the style is not everyone’s cup of tea. This A Second Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches comes on the heels of the first little suite of fifteen sketches! If you’re into playing the piano, this second batch is generally more difficult than the first lot. Feel free to use them. Clicking here will download a pdf file that contains the written piano music and each piece has a link so you can hear the music.

Here also is a list of links to the audios if you don’t need to see the written music!

1. Beyond the open door
2. Kids’ train ride in the park
3. Buttercups
4. Incessant cicadas
5. At the bird bath
6. Village bells
7. Spinning in the wind
8. A waltz for anyone with three legs or more
9. Pear blossom
10. The casual cyclist
11. Rock pools
12. The merry brewer
13. Stygian march
14. Rabbits
15. Home from such adventures

1427. Astral music

One of the most striking features of the Aliens that arrived on Earth was their humility. They had gone to the trouble of learning our language (well, Spanish and Cantonese at least). They brought gifts of books of literature and science and CDs of music. They were intelligent, creative, and highly courteous. In short, they were wonderful ambassadors for their planet.

Of course, in the main, the Earthlings were not very impressed with them. The Alien literature wasn’t as good as Earth’s. Where was their Shakespeare? Who were their great scientists, such as Newton and Einstein? And as for their music… Oh goodness me! What incomprehensible nonsense!

What did the aliens think of Bach and Mozart and Beethoven? Wasn’t Earth’s music more heavenly? More expressive? Such a rich heritage!

The Aliens explained that their music was different for all sorts of reasons, but so as not to be arrogant, they were leaving three of their more notable pianists behind so they could study Earth’s classical music in greater depth. So stay behind on Earth they did.

The first thing the Earthlings did was to chop off nineteen of each Alien’s fingers. If you are going to play Beethoven properly you can’t do it with twenty-nine fingers.

Music 161: Cheers! and Thanks!

This is my last musical posting on this blog. For over three years I have posted a musical composition every week, and it’s time perhaps to let the well run dry or renew itself.

Thanks to all who have patiently listened over the 161 weeks! A good number of the pieces – perhaps 90% – were written for children. These days I’m not so surrounded by them as I used to be! The blog continues, but the music fades!

Thanks! and Cheers!