This lively piece is an arrangement of a piano piece, which I wrote in the Ship pub in Anstruther. It is a happy piece throughout. At the moment the piece does not have any directions. Which I will one day put in. Treat it as a you would a Baroque piece.
Here are some versions of a piece originally written for a string group in Kirriemuir. It was based on a theme by Bach used in the overture to the B minor mass.
Original version, the simplest. On this piece I did not write any direction in the true Bach style.
As it says above.
Here is a much more explored version, a bit more tricky than the original. And extended to include a Double Bass as well.
As you have read, a quartet working of version 2. A more extended working of the original idea.
Bertramka’s Garden, was written while sitting in a garden of a house in Prague called “Bertramka”. This is where Mozart visited and eventually stayed whilst in Prague, particularly during the production of Don Giovani in 1787. When I visited the House, it had been completely cleared due to a dispute between the state and the previous owners. I did however purchase a glossy program showing me all of the things that would have been there before the dispute. Having wandered around the house I then sat in the garden in the summer heat and listening to the sound of insects and swallows whizzing around the many tall mature trees. I started this piece.
This is a collection of string arrangements in various forms of Christmas Carols originally written for piano. They are suitable for school groups.
The word competition is for a competition that I entered for the double bass. I was really pleased with this composition. The last movement is very hard I think to pull off. As usual these are just computer mp3’s so just for an idea of the overview.
For the first movement I wanted to reverse the normal role of the solo to the piano, in that as the bass was a low instrument then instead of low note and chord in the accompaniment I would have a high note plus chord. I also added touches of reverse Jazz like bits.
The slow movement is exploring the low rich sound that I love from the bass in the form of a scale like passage, and rising harmony.
I wanted to try something unusual with this movement and see if I could write a jig for the Double bass. It should be fun to play.
A set of 3 viola and piano pieces based loosely around a musing on the way haiku poems are constructed. There are also three Violin and Piano arrangements as well. If you wish any other combination of this or any pieces please let me know and I would be happy to oblige.
These are the original Happy Piece 2 for Marimba and Violin, plus two arrangements for Piano and viola and violin. Also an arrangement of Happy Piece 4 for strings from the piano version.
Here are some of my compositions, sorted out into Instruments and groups of Instruments. Click on any image below to go to the corresponding page.