The Anatomy of Melancholy (download)

The Anatomy of Melancholy (download)


Downloadable album with PDF booklet.


Now available to download from my Bandcamp.

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 most challenging music of our time with huge flair, passion, insight and musicality.

I’ve been writing piano music since 1997 and over the years have built up a substantial catalogue of works, many of the pieces highly ambitious and virtuosic beyond normal pianistic expectations. I have dedicated many of these pieces to prominent international pianists, but across the years – due to a number of factors, mainly around the music’s enormous challenges – only a tiny handful of the pieces (often the least frightening and shortest of them) have been performed live, and until now, none were recorded.

In this amazing collaboration with Ian, for the first time, I have found a pianist who not only enjoys and can meet these musical challenges but is a pianist who actually wants to perform my work because of the very nature of the writing itself.

This album is the first recorded collection of my piano works, ranging from 1997 to the present day, and includes pieces deemed by many pianists to be too challenging to play. The recording of this album has been made possible through the amazing generosity and support of over 120 people through a crowdfunding campaign initiated by Sound and Music’s ‘Compose, Curate, Engage’ initiative.

Ian and I would like to acknowledge our deepest gratitude to everyone who has pre-ordered the album, ordered our exclusives, donated, sponsored and supported the project from the outset. We couldn’t have achieved this without you!

Recorded at
Concert Hall, University of Cardiff: 27–28 August 2016*
The Performance Space, City University, London: 18/19 February, 23 April 2017**
*Professor Wingard’s Nameless Force *Enûma Eliš
*The Anatomy of Melancholy *Ouroboros
**William Mumler’s Spirit Photography **The Viciousness of Circles