Twelve Variations on a Nursery Theme First let me say this performance is by my computer so, apart from unsubtle dynamic changes, it is lacking the human feel that any live pianist would give to the music!
I'm not a pianist (hence the computer performance) but I felt I should be able to write for the piano. This piece was my first exercise in writing for solo piano. I decided that writing variations on a well known theme would give me various 'hooks' that would keep me on track structurally and harmonically and so I would be free to concentrate on writing for the piano. I don't know why I decided to place my simple two part harmony of the theme at the end.
When I finally heard the variations played through I was struck with the idea of a young father trying to put his very active toddler down for a nap whilst the child thinks the whole thing is a huge game; he runs and the father chases him; he hides and runs again when the father gets close; the father starts by playing along because he thinks it's the best way to catch his child but at times he gets frustrated, sometimes a little angry and tries to be strict. I had thought of giving each variation a little title of its own but decided against this as everyone will hear the variations in his own way and might not hear what I do and also it seemed a bit twee! I'm glad I did place the simple theme at the end because it gives me an image that the father has finally caught the child and they both, exhausted after their 'game', fall asleep together.
Allegro for 'Cello and Piano All my sound samples are 'performed' by my computer and are lacking in subtlety of expression and instrumental tone quality. This piece suffers further in that, in converting it to MP3 format, the acciaccatura in the piano left hand are not audible. However, I think one can get an overall idea of the piece. I have only included the opening of the piece because there follows a pizzicato section for the 'cello which I can't get my computer to reproduce at the moment.
Originally, I wrote this piece as part of my M.Mus portfolio; I had included mainly vocal pieces (with or without instruments) and felt I should have a purely instrumental piece.
I wrote the original in a hurry and was not happy with it and I revised it later; amongst other things I deleted a whole section (which I have plans to use either as the second movement of a 'cello sonatina or as the opening of an adagio and allegro for 'cello and piano).
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