These piano pieces were written as presents for the composer’s school friends (aka ‘The Nuggets’), to celebrate the births of their children. Intended to be played by children and adults alike, Chapter Three is the third collection in a series of books of short piano pieces. Each explores the piano in a different way, designating a temperament to the music, inspired by the child in some way.
As a baby, little Zachary just couldn’t stop eating Avocados! ‘Avocado Man’ was born. The gentle character reflects his temperament; slowly moving patterns center on the white notes of the piano. Written at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire whilst watching beautiful Blue Jay’s from the window, ‘Bryn’s Blue Jay’ is graceful and light. A flowing melody is punctuated by chirping staccato octaves. ‘Luke’s Lamborghini’ reflects Luke’s love of cars. Chromatic movement revs the music on, fast and extrovert. ‘Zayden’s Den’ is joyful and sweet, with a cheeky swing. Dustin’s first passport photo inspired ‘WANTED’ – what a great picture! The music is mysterious and sneaky as if the villain is creeping around. Trills and sudden dynamic contrasts add to the tension.
1 Avocado Man
2 Bryn’s Blue Jay
3 Luke’s Lamborghini
4 Zayden’s Den