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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).


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).


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

Music 162-176: Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches

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This is to “advertise” my “Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” for the piano. The style of music is not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’m offering them as a separate link. 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. It’s all free! Some of you will think the music has got some wrong notes in it, but I always think that wrong notes make for a lot of fun!

Maybe some famous pianist (better than me!) will download them and play the pieces at a concert resulting in a standing ovation. Or a film star might use the music in an award-winning movie. Or maybe a ballet company will use the 15 little sketches to tell a story – perhaps revolving around the Commedia dell’Arte characters.

One of my new year resolutions was to write 15 little sketches for piano during the year. To my surprise it’s already been done! Who said I couldn’t stick to New Year resolutions!

I hope everyone is well! Don’t feel guilty if you don’t like these! I adore them!!!

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

  1. Opening curtains
  2. Columbine’s pirouette
  3. Daisy chains
  4. Starlight
  5. Old cowboy yarns
  6. Hornets’ nest
  7. Snake in the grass
  8. Zanni’s grand entrance
  9. Grasshoppers
  10. Dahlias
  11. Walking on eggshells
  12. Hurdles race
  13. His first waltz
  14. Pierrot takes a bow
  15. Closing curtains


1452. Truly blessed

Alana was a fabulous concert pianist. She gave concerts all over the world. Critics raved. Audiences swooned.

“God has truly blessed you,” said Bethany.

“God has blessed me, my foot!” said Alana. “My talent is the result of hard work. I practised for hours as a kid. My ability has nothing to do with the fiction you call God. It has everything to do with me and me and me. Grow up.”

You wouldn’t believe it, but Alana died. “I had no idea that heaven was real,” said Alana arriving at the pearly gates. “I thought all this heaven stuff was a load of hogwash.”

“What would you like to do?” asked God (in a booming voice). “Who would you like to be?”

“I want to be the greatest pianist that ever existed,” said Alana.

WOOSH! Her request was answered immediately. There she was on a distant planet somewhere in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus. There sat the perfect grand piano. Alana began to play.

“I am truly blessed,” thought Alana.

Eventually it dawned on her. She was the only one on the planet.

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.

1350. Back to square one

Brianna was excited. She had recently graduated from the city’s Academy of Music and Dance. It was a three year course, and Brianna played the piano. Now she needed to find a job; perhaps attract a few pupils. It would grow from there.

Brianna placed an advertisement in the local weekly paper. She would give a one hour concert in the Community Hall, and it was free. Works would be played by Liszt, Scriabin, and Handel. Brianna would then hand out little business cards she had printed off on her computer.

No one came. She played to an empty hall. A man wandered in at some stage, but it was probably a mistake. He was playing music on his mobile – without headphones. He left, mumbling something about “a racket”.

Oh well, thought Brianna, it’s back to square one.