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Prepared Piano Suite played on Radio 3 Night Tracks

Night Tracks playlist

It was great to have a piece played on Hannah Peel’s fabulous BBC Radio 3 show Night Tracks — my first Radio 3 outing! I’ve been listening to Night Tracks since it began a couple of months ago, and made some great discoveries. Hannah played a tiny taster of my Suite for Prepared Piano — part nine —performed by Kamilla Arku.

Part 9 is like a little sweet at the end of a meal, or as Hannah put it, ‘a bite-size cookie’. Listen to the show, we’re about 20 minutes in, and the whole suite here.

 

Suite for Prepared Piano completed and recorded

Kamilla Arku recording my Suite for Prepared Piano

I have recently completed my Suite for Prepared Piano, which I’d started during a weekend in composing isolation at The Tractor Shed before Christmas. The preparation for these pieces is fairly light — brass bolts are inserted between 14 strings, creating bell-like tones; blue tack is laid on several others, giving a plucked, stopped sound; most other notes sound as normal. The nine movements come to around 15 minutes, each one lasting between 45 seconds and several minutes.

I was lucky enough to have the wonderful pianist Kamilla Arku record the suite on a lovely Bluthner at Alice’s Loft studio. Engineering at this beautiful space were owner Denise Mangiardi, engineer Joe Wensley and assistant Antonio, who not only did a fantastic job but made the whole experience relaxed and enjoyable.

Kamilla will be performing this Suite next February in a concert series in London, so watch this space….