Wilson - The Life of A Stick Man

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Solo instrument (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

About a year ago, I had started working on a proposed project with my wife on writing a play about a stick man creation that she had created. Originally, these were a set of short-panelled diagram/stories. Her creativity in these stories are remarkable…shocking, humourous and often, quite unpredictable. The play was never written and the music never materialized passed an anemic sounding overture.

I had forgotten about working on the said project until recently, when my wife briefly separated from me. Devastated, I quickly wrote this short piece for what was the proposed play. I have always found the stories to be some of the finest works I had ever seen (little does she know how much I loved them). It provides the imagery of an awkward figure walking in a rutted lane way, with a care free mood at the beginning of the day.

This is part one of my thank you gift to her, for being with me and hanging on.

I do remember the happiness that we shared.

This is probably one of my best works and written within an hour. I wrote it for solo piano primarily for 2 reasons: 1. Economically, if this was done in a theater, hiring one pianist would be more cost-efficient. Thus, the rest of the pieces in this series will be piano only. 2. This is my wife's 'home' instrument. She is largely untrained and plays fairly well for the amount of training she has had.

This is also a very unusual piece, in that I don't normally write for solo piano. Actually, I had never written for solo piano after the first piece that I written for my wife (Elegy in F# minor). This is also the first piece where I incorporate jazz elements and a repetitive bass line.

*UPDATE* The piece fits extremely well for the slide show of 'Wilson's Birthday'. My friend and I had tried it out and the timing was perfect.

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