Tag Archives: Piano Music

A whinge, a whine, a whimper, and a wine

“Whinge” is such a good word that I thought I’d use it. This posting is a slight departure from the norm; hence, I haven’t given it a sequential number as per usual.

Whinge: Am I the only one on Word Press who has to log in MANY A TIME in order to give a like or a comment? It’s driving me crazy – and in fact stops me from liking and commenting. It’s not everyone’s site that does it, just some. What an annoying thing! What is its meaning? It’s only fairly recently begun to do this. I’ve cut down on the number of blogs I read, like, and comment on daily to save time and frustration.

Whine: I’ve almost finished my aim for 2019: to compose 153 pieces for the piano. I chose 153 because that’s the number of piano pieces in Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. Of course, they’re not exactly up to Bartok’s standard, but I still dunnit. Despite some helpful and kind suggestions from a couple of readers, I still don’t know what to do with them. I hate to foist 153 piano pieces on my unsuspecting half dozen or so faithful followers. Even if a piano piece was surreptitiously snuck into a posting once a week it would take 3 years, by which time I’ll possibly be in a hole in Kopuatama. (Kopuatama, for those not well-read, is the name of the local cemetery). So I’m going to post the music in blocks of fifteen now and again, provided no one feels compelled to listen to them out of a sense of friendship and loyalty. Relatively low self-esteem was always one of my finer hallmarks – which probably accounts for the fact that I’ve only once sent my brilliant post-modern novel manuscript to a publisher. (I think the publisher has since died, and can only hope that my MS was the cause of it).

One of these is Bartók

Whimper: Last Spring (it’s a cold Autumn here in New Zealand now) I was unable to find any globe artichoke plants in any plant shop. Being particularly partial to artichokes, and given the exorbitant expense of buying canned artichoke hearts, I planted a packet of artichoke seeds. Artichokes require a coldish winter. I had 32 seeds germinate, and planted then around the garden. They are a lovely structural plant anyway with gorgeous thistle-like edible purple flowers. The artichokes have flourished. Each single plant takes up several square yards. I’ve never had them so big. Imagine 32 gigantic plants. There’s no room even for a humble carrot, and I haven’t the heart to pull any out! Roll on Spring with its promised feast! I’ll just nip out now and get you a photo!

Here is one of 32!

Wine: My car died just on 12 months ago. Death came suddenly and in the middle of a busy highway. I phoned the Automobile Association and in an effort to ascertain where exactly I was I opened the car door and the dog leaped out onto the road. Picture, if you will, me on the phone (the only time I’ve ever used my mobile) dashing between roaring articulated trucks and trailers in an effort to catch the dog. We are both lucky to be alive. The whinge part however, is that I haven’t yet been able to replace the car! I was to be paid for months of work this past week, but the money has not yet arrived. Getting a car is top of my list, as I’ve been borrowing an old truck every time I run out of wine groceries. Contemporary used cars seem to come in 50 shades of grey – I will certainly be looking for something more titivating than 50 shades of grey (colour being the only thing I know about automobiles).

My dead car being taken away

That concludes this collection of whinges, whines, whimpers, and wine. Thank you for reading, and please feel welcome to leave comments – whether sharp or blunt.

Music 222: Piano Sonata 1

Hi Everyone

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 205: Seventh birthday

“Seventh Birthday” is the fourteenth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

I had no one in particular in mind, other than remembering my own 7th birthday and knowing how exciting it can be!

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

Audio

Download written piano 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 202: Carousel

Today’s piano piece is called “Carousel” and is the eleventh piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

The New Zealand composer, Douglas Lilburn (probably our most well-known composer), wrote an electronic work called “Carousel” that I had to teach as part of the music syllabus to 15 year-olds for about ten years. Of course, I grew to detest it! I guess this piece should have been called “Merry-go-round” instead! I sometimes have told people that “Lilburn taught me”. That’s not exactly true. Years ago, when I was a student at university and had to compose a piece of music in the university’s electronic studio, Douglas Lilburn opened the door and said “Have you finished yet? Because I want to lock up and go home”!

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.