Giles SwayneGZ001
Piano | Grades 3–5 technical level | Duration: 15 minutes

A set of contrasted pieces for children of all ages, published to great acclaim by Gonzaga Music in 2002.

Ice-cream van (no. 11 of Scrap-book) was chosen by the Associated Board as a Grade 3 exam piece in their 2007-8 syllabus.

Along with the composer’s Ten Terrible Tunes GZ 058, Scrap-book was a set work performed at the 2012 Contemporary Keyboard Weekend at the Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin, Paris

  • Flea–bites
  • The band
  • Mysterious lake
  • Posh Lady dancing
  • Posh Lady walking
  • Posh Lady swimming
  • Mousetrap (a sad tail)
  • Frosty morning
  • Smelly old cat
  • Nasty little dog
  • Ice–cream van
  • Wet Sunday afternoon
  • Big fat policeman
  • Dodo’s lullaby
  • Ophelia’s lullaby

“I thoroughly enjoyed looking through Scrap–book. What a lovely way to introduce the young to the delights of 20th century music! Giles Swayne’s pieces are not only witty and amusing – they teach aspiring musicians to characterise. The player is invited to play roles and to identify with people, objects and situations.
A publication seems long overdue.”
Alfred Brendel

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John BloodGZ002
Piano | Grades 2–4 technical level | Duration: 12 minutes

12 pieces for children of all ages. Each piece is a musical picture inspired by postage stamps (and a pillar box) from various countries around the world. Commissioned by Gonzaga Music to celebrate the company’s formation in 2002. First performed by Giles Swayne on 9th November 2003, in a recital at Abbey Road Concerts, London.

Stamp–album was chosen as a set book by the 2006 Glasgow Music Festival.

Along with the composer’s Vegetable Fiesta GZ 054, Stamp-Album was a set work performed at the 2012 Contemporary Keyboard Weekend at the Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin, Paris

  • ICELAND: Snow dance
  • SUDAN: Desert caravan
  • AUSTRIA: Wonky Waltz
  • LUNDY: Sea mists
  • UKRAINE: Rustic wedding
  • GREECE: The Acropolis
  • LILLIPUT: First day cover
  • AUSTRALIA: The lyre–bird
  • MEXICO: Jumping beans
  • RUSSIA: Bolshoi drama
  • GREAT BRITAIN: Hurrah! Mr. Trollope invents the Pillar–box
  • SICILY: Tarantella mafiosa

“Hugely rewarding and original”
Piano Professional
“Truly original. . . . highly recommended.”

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John BloodGZ004
Piano | Grades 6-7 technical level | Duration: 6½ minutes

In three eminently playable movements: a zappy Allegro, a haunting Arioso, and a refreshingly exuberant Vivace. First performed on 19th June 1980 by John Blood in a recital for the British Music Society at Chelsea College, London.



“This is my first sighting of the Gonzaga Teaching Series, a collection whose ‘teaching as entertainment’ philosophy is underlined by companion titles advertised on the back cover (Ten Terrible Tunes, Vegetable Fiesta, and so on, reviewed in recent issues of MT). This Sonatina by John Blood (series co–composer with Giles Swayne) is equally diverting, being succinct (its three movements take just five–and–a–half minutes) and witty, testing out your interpretative skills in an idiom between, say, Kabalevsky and the Hindemith of the second sonata.. Pitched at Grades 6–7, it is effectively written and easier than it sounds (its stretches of a tenth may be circumvented) – with bitonal moments ready to tease any nervous grannies within earshot. It has waited a long time for publication since its premiere (1980), and I highly recommend it.”
Music Teacher

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Spring Sonatina

John BloodGZ025
Oboe and Piano | Grades 6-7 technical level | Duration: 7 minutes

Three contrasting movements: a vigorous Allegro deciso, a lyrical Andante espressivo containing a passionate central section, and a rustic Vivace e giocoso dance for the finale. Written in 1983, and dedicated to Tina Cumming, it is frequently used by students as an end–of–term concert piece.


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