Piano: Solo & Duets

WorkDifficulty/LevelStyle/Groove
Start A New Day (Duet)Grade 1-2Upbeat, Pop
Easy Christmas Piano DuetsGrade 1-3Jazz
Perhaps TomorrowGrade 4Lyrical
The Shepherd's LamentGrade 4Lyrical
Barock 'n RollGrade 4-5Jazz, Blues
Mechanical BrainGrade 4-5Minimalism
Encore de LíricoGrade 4-5Lyrical
Dawn of EveningGrade 5-6Lyrical
The Blue MountainsGrade 5-6Lyrical
Sin LuzGrade 6Lyrical
New Years' InventionGrade 6-7Bach-inspired
FloodGrade 7-8Action film inspired
In MemoriamGrade 7-8Beethoven-inspired
The Advent of CinemaGrade 7-8Lyrical, Cinematic
Étude in F minorGrade 8+ Chopin-inspired
Invention ReinventionGrade 8+Bach meets Ragtime

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Start A New Day (Duet)

With a joyful mood and hints of pop, this fun piano duet helps to develop a strong pulse and good dynamic control, and allows exploration of 'comping' and 'soloing'. A real hit with pianists of all ages!

Instrumentation: Piano Duet
Style: Upbeat, Pop
Duration: 1min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 1-2
Year: 2015
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Easy Christmas Piano Duets

Featuring four wonderful Christmas classics arranged in a jazz style for ‘one piano – four hands’.

These arrangements are suitable for early-intermediate level pianists (approx. Grades 1-3) and are designed to provide an enjoyable experience for both the players and the audience.

Instrumentation: Piano Duet
Style: Jazz
Difficulty: Grade 1-3
Year: 2007
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Perhaps Tomorrow

A beautiful lyrical gem that brings an atmosphere of reminiscing. Greenaway wrote this whilst at the Royal College of Music, where she had a film script about an elderly couple sitting on a park bench. The piece was then used in an Australian short film titled 'Perhaps Tomorrow' directed by John Frohlich, which explores dementia and how it affects a retired couple.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 1min
Difficulty: Grade 4
Year: 2009
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

The Shepherd's Lament

An uplifting piece with a tinge of nostalgia yearning for home.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 1min
Difficulty: Grade 4
Year: 2018
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Barock 'n Roll

Rocketing up-tempo blues piano, sure to get toes tapping.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Jazz, Blues
Duration: 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2019
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Mechanical Brain

With a flick of a switch we are teleported to a world of vacuum tubes, logic boards and electrical relays: the dawn of electro-mechanical artificial intelligence. The music pulses and hums, mirroring electrical current. The piano chords ping at specifically determined rhythmic calculations, inspired by the letters from the ENIGMA code (for sending encrypted messages during WW2). The binary dynamic markings produce contrasting, structured, frenetic activity, signifying the computational noises of the Bombe decryption device - the world's first digital computer.

This is a solo piano reduction of a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Minimalism
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2017
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Encore de Lírico

Originally conceived as a solo guitar work for John Couch titled De La Luz - In the Light as part of a set with a sister piece titled Sin Luz - Without Light.

With a feeling of quiet affirmation, the piece delicately unfolds with hints of jazz and folk sensibilities. Given the beauty and popularity of this piece, the composer has since re-arranged it for other instruments and re-named these versions as Encore de Lirico to distinguish them from the original solo guitar version.

Instrumentation: Duo: Piano & Double Bass
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Year: 2014
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; String instruments
Instrumentation: Duo: Marimba & Double Bass
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: (revised scoring for marimba and double bass) Piers Lane for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2017.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo; Percussion instruments
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2018
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Dawn of Evening

This solo piano piece is a quiet, broody vignette - depicting night music similar to a Nocturne. It has been influenced by the beauty of classical music as well as Irish folk music. The pianist is encouraged to sculpt the work in their own way by adding their own inflexions and ornamentation in a quasi improvisatory fashion.

The world premiere performance of this piece was by ARIA Award winning pianist Sally Whitwell in October 2012.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 5-6
Year: 2008
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

The Blue Mountains

Inspired by the incredible landscape and beauty of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. The opening moments from the strings describe the first light touching the far reaches of the mountains. It eventually evolves into a soaring melody when the valleys and mountains are fully drenched in the warmth of the sun, and the full beauty and of the scenery becomes a sight to behold.

Instrumentation: Symphony Orchestra - (2,1+cor ang,2,1; 1,2,1+bass,1; timp; perc; hp; cel; str)
Duration: 2min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2010
Filed under: Orchestral, Wind Symphony, Brass Band; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Solo Piano (piano reduction)
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 2min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 5-6
Year: 2010
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Sin Luz

Sin Luz – without light. Sublime and introspective with a lamenting, heartfelt melody and a broody harmonic palette. Commissioned as part of a set of contrasting works for guitar by John Couch. The piece emerged during a time when the composer was feeling completely lost - her husband was seriously ill in hospital and doctors told her that he may potentially die. The seriousness of potentially losing him and the devastation one feels when confronted with that situation is at the heart of this piece.

The sister piece in the set is De La Luz. The composer has now also created a piano version of this work.

Instrumentation: Solo Guitar
Duration: 3min 45sec
Year: 2013
Commissioned by: Australian-New Zealand Guitarist John Couch and released on his 2013 CD release 'Ask Me Tomorrow'.
Filed under: Instrumental: Solo & Duo
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical
Duration: 3min 45sec
Difficulty: Grade 6
Year: 2017
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

New Years' Invention

Inspired by Bach's famous book of Inventions, this piece sounds equally striking on modern piano as well as harpsichord.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Bach-inspired
Duration: 1min 15sec
Difficulty: Grade 6-7
Year: 2001
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

Flood

Original film score from a scene from the movie and TV series Flood as part of my coursework while studying at the Royal College of Music, London. The piece opens ominously and quickly develops into a thrilling action pace. There is a beautiful lament at the end, with rich melancholy harmony. Scored for Chamber Orchestra and Voice, the composer has since created a reduction for solo piano.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Action film inspired
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Grade 7-8
Year: 2009
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

In Memoriam

Written in memory of Greenaway's beloved piano teacher, Peggy Crosskey. When Peggy became ill Greenaway wrote this piece, which took 3 days and nights to compose. Despite writing as fast as she could, the piece was delievered to Peggy too late and she never got to hear it. Greenaway incorporated the sounds and styles of some of Peggy's favourite composers, particularly Beethoven and Schubert.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Beethoven-inspired
Duration: 3min 40sec
Difficulty: Grade 7-8
Year: 2007
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets

The Advent of Cinema

"Mastery of light and sound allowed us to project humanity onto the silver screen, captured for generations to come."

Recreating the sounds of the cinematic age, the piece waltzes with atmospheric, dark undertones. The piece builds into a vibrant circus dance with chromatic treble runs, before dying away to a beautifully alluring and introspective finish.

This is a solo piano reduction of a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Lyrical, Cinematic
Duration: 2min
Difficulty: Grade 7-8
Year: 2017
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Étude in F minor

Written specially for the Chopin Composition Competition Australia in 2012 - the competition was folded before the judging due to the upheaval of the ANU School of Music where the Chopin Piano Competition (and Chopin Composition Competition) was meant to take place.

The piece explores the technical requirements of performing a consistent octave quaver pattern beneath a beautiful, introspective melody. The mood and colour of this piece is very similar to Chopin's Nocturnes and is directly inspired by his Prelude Op. 28 no. 2 in A minor; and Nocturne Op. posth no. 20 in C# minor.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Chopin-inspired
Duration: 7min 50sec
Difficulty: Grade 8+
Year: 2012
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets; HSC & Education

Invention Reinvention

What would Bach's 2-part Invention in F Major sound like if it were written in the ragtime piano era of the early 20th Century? Be transported to a bygone time, to the dawn of a major new age of human activity and entrepreneurship.

This is a movement from the dramatic music work The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age for chamber ensemble, actor, set design and lighting design. The full large-scale work was commisisoned by the Myer Foundation in conjunction with Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016.

Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Bach meets Ragtime
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Grade 8+
Year: 2018
Filed under: Piano: Solo & Duets