Vegetable Fiesta

John BloodGZ054
Piano | Grade 1 technical level | Duration: 9½ minutes

Ten pieces depicting a basket of fresh and varied vegetables, including a downcast cabbage, an elegant French bean out for a Sunday stroll, two chirpy Spanish onions, and an exploding turnip. This rewarding and picturesque collection forms an excellent introduction to the same composer’s Stamp–album GZ 002.

Along with the composer’s Stamp-Album, Vegetable Fiesta was chosen as a set work and performed at the 2012 Contemporary Keyboard Weekend at the Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin, Paris.

  • THE MIGHTY CARROT: Stomp dance
  • VERY SAD PETITS POIS: Doleful dance
  • THE RUNNER BEAN: Early morning jog
  • HAPPY SPANISH ONIONS: Holiday fiesta
  • THE LONELY CABBAGE: Green lament
  • A SWEDE’S NORWEGIAN WEDDING: Fjord dance
  • THE FRENCH BEAN: Sunday promenade
  • PERKY PARSNIPS: A jaunty jape
  • THE EXPLODING TURNIP: A sorry scene
  • THAT’S SHALLOT FOLKS: Can–can

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Ten Terrible Tunes

Giles SwayneGZ058
Piano | Grade 2-4 technical level

Ten contrasting pieces which encourage the young pianist to express moods and characters of many kinds. Although technically easier they are similar in approach to the same composer’s Scrap–book GZ 001. The sixth piece, Whistling Tune, is included in Spectrum 4, an international collection of miniatures for piano, compiled by Thalia Myers and published by the Associated Board under licence from Gonzaga Music.

Ten Terrible Tunes was a set work performed at the 2012 Contemporary Keyboard Weekend at the Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin, Paris

  • Catchy Tune
  • Silly Tune
  • Scary Tune
  • Ring Tune
  • Posh Tune
  • Whistling Tune
  • Pop Tune
  • Hymn Tune
  • Sleepy Tune
  • Cheeky Tune

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Twenty-five variations

Giles EasterbrookGZ068
Piano | Duration: 7-8 minutes

These intensely concentrated variations were premiered by Raphael Terroni in May 1983. Described as a “characteristically eccentric gem” by the Hampstead & Highgate Gazette, they have been widely performed, and are featured on the 2010 CD of Giles Easterbrook’s music, The Moon Underwater (Prima Facie PFCD 002)

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Macbeth: Descriptive drama for harpsichord

John BloodGZ075
Harpsichord | Grades 6–8 technical level | Duration: 23 minutes

An instrumental drama which portrays the events, settings and characters of the Shakespeare play. In ten contrasted pieces which skilfully exploit the harpsichord’s varied registers, we hear Macbeth’s encounter with the witches, his dark broodings, and Lady Macbeth’s wily powers of persuasion – an increasingly manic Valse diabolique. The growing mayhem eventually leads to the appearance of Banquo’s ghost, and Macbeth’s defeat at the hands of Macduff. Vivid, spooky and exciting.

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Zig-zag

Giles SwayneGZ098
Organ | Duration: 10 minutes

First performed  by James McVinnie in Westminster Abbey on May 16th 2010, this brilliantly coloured recital-piece (although very different in idiom) echoes Riff-raff in its variety & unpredictability. Dedicated to the memory of Swayne’s much-lamented monkey Cuckoo, it is a series of variations on his name, and presents a portrait of his character.

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