Category Archives: Tricky

“Moody Melody for the Left Hand”

Moody Melody is one of the rare pieces written for the left hand alone.  Of all the popular musical instruments, only the piano offers the complete range of  88 notes most usually used in Western music.  And several notes can … Continue reading

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“Für Mileva” … For Mileva

  “Für Mileva” features a series of stately chords leading into a cascade of flowing notes which herald the beautiful melody which is the focal point of this piece. It should be played with delicate emotion including subtle rubato nuances.  Some … Continue reading

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“Rivulet” … A Lovely Recital Piece

. This pretty piece  takes its inspiration from the ripples of a mountain stream as it cascades over mossy rocks towards a small quiet pool.  The delicate flow of notes moves towards a quiet sequence of gentle harmonic chords before … Continue reading

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“Aurora” Prelude in G Minor

A lovely melodic piece which encourages a romantic and fluid performance.  Don’t be afraid of a little exaggeration here and there  … there are no strict tempo constraints.  “Aurora” offers a good opportunity for the intermediate student to show off … Continue reading

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Picardy’s Piece

I admit to being a passionate admirer of Baroque music, the Renaissance era and the Picardy Third.  This obscure harmonic cadence first used by early 16th century composers, unexpectedly introduces an odd resolution from the minor mode to   the major … Continue reading

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“Blithe Spirit”

This lovely lilting piece introduces a deceptively simple theme, featuring a few simple ornaments and a triplet figure.  But those triplets are just biding their time, waiting for their moment in the sun, which is the brilliant development section.   … Continue reading

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“Sophia”

  “Sophia” is a beautifully melodic piece which offers great scope for an emotional and dramatic performance.  Apart from the initial “ad libitum” indication, the score is free of the usual dynamic indications … a hallmark of much of Ty-Tomkins’ … Continue reading

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