LIGHT: SIX EASY PIANO PIECES (1996)
Duration: 4 minutes
The Earth; The Seed; The Light; River of Gold; The Bird; The Moon and the Moth; The Earth, the Sun and the Stars; The Apple Tree.
(French edition available from Editions Combre, Paris; this edition sold over 1500 copies in its first two years of publication.)
Programme note This collection was composed in 1995, in response to a request from piano teacher Eleanor Drover for a set of children’s piano pieces which are poetic and sensitive in character. Each of the six pieces tells a story about some aspect of Light and how it affects our world. Eleanor and I started from the shared feeling that sensitivity and awareness developed in the young are a means by which violence can end. This music was not written to lie under simple five-note patterns, but to develop intelligence and suppleness in the fingers, hands and arms, exploring all registers of the piano.
Publisher details Wirripang www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/wendy-hiscocks
A version in French is available from Editions Combre www.editions-combre.com. French version can also be ordered from Di-arezzo www.di-arezzo.co.uk.
‘The Apple Tree’ is available in a collection of Australian music edited by Jeanell Carrigan published by Allens Publishing www.allanspublishing.com.au