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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 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 207-221: A fourth little suite in fifteen sketches

Hi Everyone

I decided to once again post all 15 piano sketches in a block. Last time I posted them individually and I found it tiresome – as many probably did! This way if you want to listen to as little or as many as you like, you can. Besides, I think of all 15 pieces as belonging together somehow.

Click on a title in the first list to listen, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music if wanted.

So here is the Fourth Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches. Thanks

Click on a title to listen
1. Off to town
2. After the train has gone
3. Aspiring ballerina
4. Dingle Dell
5. Bungling juggler
6. Orange grove
7. Skipping ropes
8. Spiders
9. Pussycat chases a leaf
10. Quite frankly, Nora was in no mood to dance the foxtrot with Herbert
11. Melting ice cream in a cone
12. When the cowboy rides into town to woo Mary-Lou
13. The music box
14. Summer flowers
15. Thank God it’s Friday

Click on a title to download the written music
1. Off to town
2. After the train has gone
3. Aspiring ballerina
4. Dingle Dell
5. Bungling juggler
6. Orange grove
7. Skipping ropes
8. Spiders
9. Pussycat chases a leaf
10. Quite frankly, Nora was in no mood to dance the foxtrot with Herbert
11. Melting ice cream in a cone
12. When the cowboy rides into town to woo Mary-Lou
13. The music box
14. Summer flowers
15. Thank God it’s Friday

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.