Films, Audio & Samples
Sample: 5. Runaway, bars 16-19See details ➔
Sample: 2. Kokako Dreaming, bars 1-5See details ➔
Sample: 1. Tell Me a Story, bars 1-4See details ➔
Sample: 4. Look for the Rainbow, bars 4-9See details ➔
Sample: 3. Irrepressible, bars 1-4See details ➔
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This series was written in 2008 from the perspective of a grandparent. The titles indicate the programmatic idea the composer had in mind. In performance, the composer intends all five Bagatelles to follow one another in sequence.
Tell Me a Story – Grandparents become skilled in this occupation. Let the music suggest its own story line.
Kokako Dreaming – others of its kind, a loss to future generations.
The North Island Kokako is on the endangered list: a secretive bird, most likely to be seen after dawn when it often perches to sing in the open. This piece does not mimic its song, but is rather a lament for its South Island counterpart now extinct, as are many other native New Zealand birds.
Irrepressible – Ragtime seems an appropriate style for this piece.
Look for the Rainbow – maybe a ploy to distract an unruly grandchild! A piece expressing Romanticism typical of this composer.
Runaway – Escape from said grandparent who regrets the inability to keep up with the young!
Approx. Grade 6 level