Category: PIANO

Marc Yeats - Composer

a stronger gravity

For piano Dedicated to Jonathan Powell Program Note: There is no programmatic intention in what unfolds as sound in this piece: any or no relationship to the title and the sounding music is forged at the discretion of the composer and listener. Despite this statement, there is an unfolding of material that manifests through contrasting…
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falling from the centre of night

This is a timecode-supported polytemporal ensemble piece for eight players. Dedicated to Ian Pace The premiere is scheduled for the 6th of June at City University, London with Ian Pace and The Pierrot Players. Instrumentation: Piano (solo) Violoncello (solo) Violin 1 Violin 2 Viola Harp Percussion 1: Marimba [4.3]; 5 Woodblocks ranging from high to low; Glockenspiel;…
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i urge the moment forward (2020)

i urge the moment forward for piano Programme Note: i urge the moment forward is dedicated to the pianist, Geoffrey Burleson. Duration: circa 15 minutes   Fear defines us Defines our borders Furnishes our state Holds us down And Blinds I urge the moment forward For another More valuable one Is waiting Like sand To…
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Toy Box (2020)

Toy Box: 15 pieces for piano Duration: circa 40 minutes Program Note There is no programmatic intention in what unfolds as sound in this collection of piano pieces: any or no relationship to the title and the sounding music is forged at the discretion of the composer and listener. Despite this statement, there is an…
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Conrad’s Toye (2020)

For piano Dedicated to Conrad Tao. The piece lasts about 11 minutes. Program note: ‘Toy [toye]: An unpretentious piece for lute or virginals, simple in form and light in texture. More than 50 examples survive in English sources from about 1590 to about 1660. Named composers of toys include, for keyboard, Bull, Gibbons and Tomkins…
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The Anatomy of Melancholy Album

The Anatomy of Melancholy Album Read a review for the disc in Presto Classical, here: Click here to buy the album: 5 tracks. 80-minutes of music. Ian Pace is a phenomenal pianist, a man whose musicality and intellect I have admired for many years. I have heard him fearlessly play some of the…
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cold kitchen hill (2019)

Cold Kitchen Hill is an area of chalk upland directly north of Kingston Deverill in the county parish of Brixton Deverill, Wiltshire. Any or no relationship between the title and the sounding music is forged at the discretion of the composer and the listener. cold kitchen hill is dedicated to my friend and colleague, Ian…
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the naked man (2016)

the naked man  | Duration circa 10 minutes | to Stephen Davismoon and Lauryna Sableviciute Programme note:   Site of the Naked Man, Wilverley Plain, New Forest  Beneath the crown of ivy is the weathered stump of an oak tree which is supposed to have been used as a gallows for at least one convicted highwayman.…
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burnt axon (2016)

For piano | Dedicated to Darinka Todorov | Duration circa 6.40″ Burnt Axon is a small area of the New Forest near Burley In Hampshire, UK. To download a clean version of this score, please message me via the contact page. I operate a pay what you can afford policy and accept donations through PayPal.…
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william mumler’s spirit photography (2016)

william mumler’s spirit photography for piano Written for Ian Pace | Dedicated to Chrissie Caulfield | Duration circa 11 minutes This composition is generously sponsored by Chrissie Caulfield and Lindsay Edkins. <iframe width=”100%” height=”166″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” allow=”autoplay” src=””></iframe> In 1861 William Mumler was working as a jewellery engraver in Boston and dabbling in photography on the…
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professor wingard’s nameless force (2010/15)

Duration 7 minutes | Dedicated to Geert Callaert Professor Wingard’s Nameless Force (1876) In February 1876, ‘Professor’ James C. Wingard of New Orleans announced he had invented a powerful new weapon that would utterly destroy any naval vessel, iron or otherwise, “so as to leave no trace of them in their former shape.” Wingard was…
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mr redheffer’s perpetual motion machine (2015)

mr redheffer’s perpetual motion machine for two pianos | duration: circa 13 minutes | dedicated to ivon oates Note about the title: In 1812 a man called Charles Redheffer appeared in Philadelphia. He had with him a miraculous perpetual motion machine that required no source of energy to run. Or so he claimed. He set…
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the great moon hoax (2015)

the great moon hoax for two pianos | Dedicated to Anna Ferro | duration: circa 13 minutes Note about the title: A piece perhaps full of fantastical imagery? This is abstract music; no programmatic interpretation is intended. The title was found after the music was created: ‘The Great Moon Hoax lithograph of “ruby amphitheater” for…
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caleb’s toye (2014)

caleb’s toye for piano | dedicated to Caleb Herron | duration: 3.36 minutes I was recently approached by pianist Nicolas Horvath to write a piece for his epic homage to Philip Glass piano recitals ‘the GlassWorlds’. I am not a fan of Glass’ music so thought the request strange. However, Nicolas made it clear that he was…
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amy’s toye [2014]

amy’s toye duration: 2 minutes | for Nicolas Horvath, dedicated to Amy O’Dell I was recently approached by pianist Nicolas Horvath to write a piece for his epic homage to Philip Glass piano recitals ‘the GlassWorlds‘. [see the meaning for toye below]. I am not a fan of Glass’ music so thought the request strange.…
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as a measurement of entanglement (2013)

For 2 pianos | dedicated to Leo Nicholson | duration circa 15 minutes as a measurement of entanglement [the shape distance 10] extends the recent set of unsynchronised works the shape distance, a series of seven pieces constructed somewhat akin to ‘Russian Dolls’ in that each contains the same or similar core material that is ‘enclosed’ by other…
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sunergia (2012)

For Piano four hands. Composed for and dedicated to MusicOrba Piano Duo Etymology: From Ancient Greek συνεργία (sunergia, “joint work, assistance, help”), from συνεργός (sunergos, “working together”), from σύν (sun, “together”) + ἔργον (ergon, “work”). NounBehaviour of a system that cannot be predicted by the behaviours of its parts. Duration: circa 9 minutes

the magical control of rain (2012)

Weather control is the act of manipulating or altering certain aspects of the environment to produce desirable changes in weather. Weather control can have the goal of preventing damaging weather, such as hurricanes or tornados, from occurring; of causing beneficial weather, such as rainfall in an area experiencing drought; or of provoking damaging weather against…
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Enûma Eliš (2010)

circa 11 minutes The Enûma Eliš is the Babylonian creation mythos (named after its opening words). It was recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form) in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq), and published by George Smith in 1876.[1] The Enûma Eliš has about a thousand lines and is…
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Distant Blue (2010)

for piano | circa 8.30 minutes. A few years ago, my partner was studying to become a music teacher in secondary schools. Part of this experience involved extensive listening to jazz. For quite some time I became exposed to this music as it played out quietly and sometimes not so quietly, in the house. Some…
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Ouroboros (2009)

Dedicated to Fiona Corston 15.00” August 2009 [refreshed 2015] The Ouroboros “tail-devouring snake”, also spelt Uroboros in English, is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and…
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A moment in blue (2009)

For piano | Dedicated to Fiona Corston. 15:30” July 2009

Escher’s Geometry (2009)

For Antony Clare | solo piano | duration circa 7 mins.

Tacit Geometry (2009)

Tacit Geometry [2009]: An enigmatic work that explores ‘the common arpeggio’ as an aspect of its material. Part of the ‘geometry’ series of pieces it takes structural shapes and resonances from other works in the series and hides them [so they become tacit] in the context of the new work whilst their underlying influence always…
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Marching with Ethel (2008)

For piano. Duration: 9 minutes. Commissioned by Manchester Pride. Dedicated to Ed Cobbald. Premiered by Stephen Combes – Studio 7 BBC Manchester 18th August 2008

An Interrupted Passacaglia (2003)

For piano. 8 minutes. Premiered by Sarah Nicolls in Chard, Somerset, Summer 2004. Dedicated to Stella Davies Note: Due to an upgrade in computer systems some years ago, this work is awaiting reformatting and is currently unavailable.

October Pieces (2000-2001)

October Pieces are an extensive series of solo piano pieces composed of the same musical material. The pieces are designed to stand on their own, be played in full as a complete cycle, or to be combined into smaller collections of pieces at the pianist’s discretion. October Piece No.1, 3:40″ October 2000 to Kathy Stott;…
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the viciousness of circles (1998)

the viciousness of circles | for piano | dedicated to Kathy Stott | 10 minutes duration Meaning A self-perpetuating process which returns to its starting point with no improvement from when it was begun. Origin A vicious circle was the name given by 18th-century logicians for a fallacious proof in this form: A depends on B B…
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Lullaby (1999)

Premiered by Tristen Lee at Shackleford Pianos, [Marburae Gallery] Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield, 16th June 2013 dedicated to Kathryn Stott Solo piano. Duration: 6 minutes