Dark scenes of winter

John BloodGZ026
Bass Oboe or Tenor Saxophone and Piano | Duration: 15 minutes

A large four–movement sonata, commissioned in 1981 by Richard Smith, then principal oboist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A slow, enigmatic first movement is followed by a mechanistic scherzo, a lyrical adagio, and a fast finale which builds to an intense climax. It was first performed by Richard Smith (bass oboe) and John Lindsay (piano) at a British Music Society concert in Chelsea College on 22nd April 1982. This edition includes an alternative part for Tenor Saxophone.


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John BloodGZ052
Flute and Piano | Grades 1-2 technical level | Duration: 11 minutes

Eight wry and witty pieces for flute which, while putting the young player through a series of useful technical and musical challenges, bid an impudent farewell to the craze for fast food. Flute part edited by Philippa Davies.

  • THE ROYAL DELUXE: Regal procession
  • HAGGIS HALF–POUNDER: Midnight revel
  • THE MINI MINI–BURGER: Fast food scherzo
  • THE WESTMINSTER SPECIAL: Thames nocturne
  • CRUNCHY COCKROACH: Scuttle dance
  • CHEF’S WHOPPER: Knees–up

“This book contains eight lively, entertaining pieces for students of Grade 1 to 2 standard. The titles are brilliant: Haggis Half–Pounder, Kangaroo Quarter–Bounder, Crunchy Cockroach, Chef ’s Whopper and so on. The music is great fun, with interesting piano parts to match.”

Music Teacher

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Knautical Knots

John BloodGZ053
Clarinet and Piano | Grades 2-3 technical level | Duration: 11 minutes

Eight seafaring pieces for clarinet which play on the names of knots and hitches (real and invented) to create a sparkling variety of mood and character which will stimulate the musicianship and technical skill of the aspiring clarinettist.


  • THE JSB SHEEPSHANK: Knotty Invention
  • CZERNY’S HITCH: Perpetuum mobile
  • CABIN–BOY’S BOWLINE: Midnight prayer
  • MERRY MACKEREL TURN: Valse burlesque

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Aspects of Paradise

Giles SwayneGZ055
Flute and Piano | Grades 6–7 technical level | Duration: 9 minutes

Four pieces offering a melodious and flautistical view of the Adam and Eve story. Swayne’s mastery of the flute, familiar from HAVOC, Winter Solstice Carol, and the virtuoso Canto for flute (all published by Novello) is here put to excellent use for budding young players. These pieces, which introduce the player to such things as flutter–tonguing and harmonics, have been edited for the flute by renowned flautist Philippa Davies, to whom they are dedicated.

cover of Aspects of Paradise  (Piano and Flute) Giles Swayne Gonzaga Teaching Series, Gonzaga Music

  • The Gardener of Eden
  • Adam and Eve and Pinch–me
  • Paradise Stomp
  • Forbidden Flute

“Giles brings to these delightful pieces a great understanding of the instrument and a wonderfully fresh approach. Although making demands on the player, he adds that particular quality of fun which is always present in his music. They are little gems, which everyone will enjoy as much as I have.”
Philippa Davies

“. . . challenges of metre and simple extended techniques within a highly enjoyable and accessible idiom.”
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Leonardo’s dream

Giles SwayneGZ092
Alto saxophone and piano | Duration: 8½ mins

A set of variations on a theme by Leonardo da Vinci, who as a young man in 1480s Florence was a popular singer and also played the lira da braccio (a posh version of the folk fiddle). This scrap of love–song is written in one of his notebooks. The words (encoded as musical notes) are “Amore la sola mi fa remirare, la sola mi fa sollecita”. [she alone makes me dream of love, she alone makes excites me]. This piece was commissioned by Hannah Marcinowicz with funds provided by the RVW Trust and the Britten–Pears Foundation, and was first performed by Hannah Marcinowicz and Giles Swayne on 8th January 2008 in a Park Lane Group Young Artists concert at the Purcell Room, London.


Park Lane Group Young Artists,
Purcell Room, London,Tuesday 8th January 2008

“This was a memorable first performance of Leonardo’s Dream. Swayne has composed seven aptly enigmatic and airborne variations on a theme discovered in one of Leonardo’s 1486 notebooks: a sweet melody in mirror–writing, a little puzzle of pictures, words and notation. He responds to it with jazzy nonchalance, with trillings, leaps and bumps shared between saxophone and piano, and always with a witty investigation of the quintessence of the melody and the essence of each instrument.”
Hilary Finch, The Times 10th January 2008
“Hannah Marcinowicz . . . also played the premiere of Giles Swayne’s Leonardo’s Dream – variations on a theme by Leonardo da Vinci . . . a pithy work that included a visit to a nightclub – cued with real swing – and notable for giving an abundance of colour and expression to the sax. Leonardo’s Dream should be a mandatory choice next time a saxophonist is invited to play in a PLG concert.”
Colin Anderson, Classical Source 9th January 2008

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