Pianist, organist, composer, arranger
Fiesta! Suite for Piano Solo
A suite in seven movements, in a bright, jazzy style.
Fiesta is music about celebrations and merry-making. In seven short movements, the mood is unashamedly joyous, ranging from wild excitement to intimacy. Despite the title, there are no Spanish elements in the music. Celebration establishes the scene with its jumpy, knock-about rhythms, and champagne-popping spirit. Lively natterings and gossipings of individuals are heard in Conversations, arguing and laughing about life. To get people on their feet, the Stride Dance launches a lively, bouncing rhythm. A gentle Song relaxes the atmosphere before the pounding, foot-stomping rhythms of Fast Dance. As the festivities draw on, a bluesy Nocturne slackens the pace, with an improvisatory solo at the heart of the movement. Renewed energy is found in the Finale, a carefree fugue that breaks into a frantic dance. The celebrations are nearly brought to a premature conclusion by protestations from the neighbours, but this is a party that could go on and on…
Available to purchase from Aria Editions here
Duration: 20 mins
1 - Celebration
2 - Conversations
3 - Stride Dance
4 - Song
5 - Fast Dance
6 - Nocturne
7 - Finale
Studio recording available on Fiesta! (see Recordings)
YouTube videos of the work are below, performed by the composer.