Leyendas 1 & 2 for Solo Piano
Leyendas 1 & 2 are two contrasting character pieces composed in March 2023 for solo piano. The title ‘Leyendas’ is a Spanish translation for ‘Legends’. The pieces represent a fairy tale image of a majestic castle, a beautiful princess and a raging battle between knights with banners flying under a darkened sky, enhanced with moments of tranquillity and feelings of nostalgia portraying a story from a time long ago.
Leyenda No 1 for Solo Piano
Leyenda No 2 for solo piano
Violin and Piano Sonata No 1
Sonata No 1 for violin and piano was completed in the summer of 2022 and is a three movement work. The first and third movements convey a lot of energy and musical dialogue between the violin and piano, and the second movement portrays a calm, nostalgic character created through a mixture of colourful harmonics and glissandi. The work is carefully balanced providing a mixture of challenging rhythmic and technical passages for both players with contrasting lyrical moments.
Violin and Piano Sonata 1st Movement
Violin and Piano Sonata 2nd Movement
Violin and Piano Sonata 3rd Movement
Piano and Violin Suite
The Piano and Violin Suite was composed in the spring of 2021, and is a four movement work exploring ensemble skills, pianistic virtuosity and many of the different techniques played on the violin; pizzicato, tremolo, bowed slurs, and spiccato. Each movement reflects a different title, for example; the first movement ‘Fantasia’ is very free, energetic and expressive, the second movement ‘El Baile’ represents a quirky dance in triple time, the third movement ‘Romance’ is calm with a feeling of nostalgia, and the fourth movement ‘Cajas Musicales’ represents wind-up music boxes, portrayed through a set of characterful variations.
1st Movement 'Fantasia'
2nd Movement 'El Baile'
3rd Movement 'Romance'
4th Movement 'Cajas musicales'
Piano Trio No 1 ‘The Chiltern’
Piano Trio No 1 ‘The Chiltern’ was completed in the summer of 2021 and is a four movement work inspired by the beautiful Chiltern landscape and soaring red-kites surrounding Wendover in Buckinghamshire. Each movement challenges the performers technical expertise through a mixture of virtuosic passages and lyrical phrasing, enhanced through a carefully balanced ensemble, combining sections of instrumental dialogue with energetic solo passages.
Piano Trio 1st Movement
Piano Trio 2nd Movement
Piano Trio 3rd Movement
Piano Trio 4th Movement
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