After Nick’s generous donation to Cancer Research UK, I was able to work with him (he’s a student) to create a piece that combines all his favourite styles. The incredible journey is the learning journey we’ve shared together. It’s by no means over, as we’re all still learning and improving. I hope others will give the piece a go. The blackbirds outside my house seemed to like it, as you can hear them joining in at the end!
This is the third and final movement of my sonata. The first movement can be found here, and the second here. As the dedicatee now lives in Tasmania, I have used the Sea Shanty ‘Bound for South Australia’, firstly with powerful chords and then, for a finale, an uplifting gospel style to celebrate life. Earlier themes return, and the first movement’s Somerset tune gets the last word.
This special commission is for a special lady who lives in Tasmania. Over the next three days I will be sharing this three-movement sonata. Today, the first movement takes Kate back to her roots in Somerset, UK. You can read more about the music in the Composer’s Commentary which is included with the PDF.
Thank you Hilary Sheldon for your kind donation to Cancer Research UK. You asked for a piece to be dedicated to ‘the family’. That’s quite a lot of people with all sorts of musical tastes – so this piece is a ‘potpourri’ of different musical styles. It’s about as weird and wacky as you can get! Just like some families can be (but not yours, of course!).
This commission is for a pianist to play to his daughter. I’m told Alexa is creative and dreamy, and I’m hoping I’ve caught her spirit in this piece. The second page is unusual in that it utilises four staves. Composers such as Debussy and Rachmaninov have used this method of scoring when the texture is opaque and the hands are flitting from one clef to the other. The video should make things clear if in doubt!