The other afternoon, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, (this one, not the Roman one). I got diverted by an email message alert. That email was the catalyst for this piece.
A very good friend of mine who lives in Vancouver BC (Canada) wanted me to write him a small collection of piano pieces so he could present them at a musical party he was going to attend next month.
His only guidelines were that the pieces (collection) couldn’t be over one page long, not be over 5 minutes in length total, and that they should not be to advance , but not too easy either. In other words, (in his words, not mine) something a guy who plays for fun at the piano now and then, could learn in a couple weeks.” Well that really explained the compositional requirements quite succinctly wouldn’t you say. LOL
Well I guess I did okay because he liked them but his only negative comment was, “It’s awfully small print size!” Well what do you expect if it has to fit on ONE page! I really had to squeeze it!
Anyway, this set of miniatures has delayed me on my quest to finish my piano collection (Week Effort Collection) but in a good way. When I can find the time, I’ll have to come back to writing some small piano collections like this one, because it was actually a lot of fun to do and very gratifying, and a nice breath of fresh air from all the intense effort required in advance piano writing.
Gilford street is one of those indelible memories of “a fun time” I had years ago on that street with a group of rowdy friends.
Granville is a marvelous market place (island) in Vancouver where one can find almost anything! (I’ll let your imagination take over!) [ I also confess, I had the Randy Bowser syndrome. I originally wrote the score with scads of triplets (in 4/4 time) until I change the time signature to 6/8. Some of us don’t learn very quickly.]
English bay walk near Stanley Park is a delightful sojourn anytime of day.
And Van Dusen gardens is a gorgeous garden that’s not really known to the tourists but mostly a well-kept secret for Vancouverites. The middle section of the piece has a downward spiraling line, which represents kids I saw rolling down the grassy hills of Van Dusen. And the “Amen” cadence at the end came across as a nice way to conclude this miniature set. Enjoy!
Cass Garritan Authorized Steinway under lid patch
Gilford St. Beat Music
Gilford ST. Beat Score
Granville Rag music
Granville Rag score
Twilight on English Bay Music
Twilight on English Bay Score
Van Dusen Gardens Music
Van Dusen Score