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An artist's garden (solo piano)

by Kate Reid (2010)

Audio Sample

Performance by Dee Penicaut from the CD Eight pieces for piano

Eight pieces for piano


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Eight pieces for piano / Kate Reid ; played by Dee Penicaut.

Library shelf no. CD 2275 [Available for loan]

8 pieces for piano


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8 pieces for piano / Kate Reid.

Library shelf no. 786.2/REI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

After staying in a house belonging to two artists I fell in love with their rambling garden and this piece was the result. It is a walk or a gentle stroll through that garden. The first 8 bars are a kind of introduction, a setting up of what is to follow.Then the mood changes. I'm imagining someone has decided to walk down to a gate that leads to a part of a garden he/she hasn't seen before...there's a "not knowing" quality in this first bit...then bar 9 the delicious beauty of the garden is revealed and the person is walking and looking and smelling and really relishing the unexpected rambling beauty of the garden...bar 58 a slightly different mood..maybe the person stops for a minute to wonder or reflect on what he/she has just seen or maybe they are suddenly aware of a deeper view ..ie a glimpse of something outside the garden far away...or an intense close up of a tiny insect on a leaf which is busy doing its insect stuff! But anyway, this section bar 58 to 73 is obviously a different mood to what happens either side of it. Then at bar 74 the walker kind of snaps out of the dreamy reflection, pulls himself together and continues walking on the narrow winding path that takes him to the edge of the garden where maybe he leans on a stone wall and gazes out at the view while a gentle breeze cools the back of his neck.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Piano

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Kate Reid — concert in Hill End NSW.

Performances of this work

Unknown date: concert in Hill End NSW.. Featuring Kate Reid.

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