Bass from Postcards for Piano and Strings

Composer
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music

Postcards for Piano and Strings is a musical evocation of the coastal town, Felixstowe, on the east coast of England where I grew up. The first movement represents a walk along the promenade watching the waves gently rolling and breaking on the shore. An ostinato pattern is introduced on the piano upon which the strings build with sustained chords with occasional melodic lines passed between instruments. The second movement is a homage to my interest in jazz and popular music which I became fascinated with whilst living in Felixstowe. This movement built almost entirely on a jazzy �riff� in 5/4 time, yet it follows a verse/chorus pattern more akin to a standard pop song. A certain amount of improvisation and �ad libbing� is encouraged when performing this piece.

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