Music by jim peden

The Skimmington

The Skimmington by jim peden
Listener Rating: Rated 5 stars by listeners
Number 119 in site chart.
The Skimmington was a shaming ritual practiced in mediaeval and early modern England on men whose wives were especially dominating.

The victim would be dressed up in womens' clothing and made to sit facing backwards on a horse. Often, antlers or other virility symbols were placed on his head, the idea being that anyone who could not dominate his own wife could not expect sexual fidelity from her either.

The man would then be paraded around the village and pelted with filth.

This composition contains allusions to both the rough music that accompanied the ritual and to its sexual overtones.

How times have changed!

Soft Stillness And The Night

Soft Stillness And The Night by jim peden
Listener Rating: Rated 5 stars by listeners
Number 82 in site chart.
This is a gentle and thoughtful piano solo written during a darker phase of my life.

It is dedicated to anyone who promotes peace and tranquillity.

The Court of the Jade Emperor

The Court of the Jade Emperor by jim peden
Number 26 in site chart.
In the Jade Emperor's Court all manner of exotic entertainments were laid on for His Majesty's pleasure.

Etude Amabile

Etude Amabile by jim peden
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Number 116 in site chart.
A sweet little piano solo on the (very broad) crossover between jazz and 'classical'.

Studies are often unpleasant to practice, like scales and arpeggios. This is my attempt to capture that warm inner feeling that comes when you finally get it right!

The picture is by Renoir.

Meragio

Meragio by jim peden
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Number 201 in site chart.
Meragio is a French dialect word from which we get the word "merry-go-round" (I think!).

The story of this tune goes like this: A little girl sits on a merry-go-round in anticipation. As it begins to spin her world goes round and round at an ever-more dizzying pace. Just as she is beginning to make sense of the confusion, it seems to spin faster again ...

A bit like life I suppose.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu by jim peden
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Number 168 in site chart.
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Tropical paradise - a cool breeze wafts you as you laze in a hammock on a snow-white Malaysian beach.

The azure waves beat lazily on the coral sand.

In the distance you hear the approaching sound of a carnival procession - the easy, relaxed sound of people in costume celebrating their ancient traditions.

Time for a ciggie.

Right Hand Man

Right Hand Man by jim peden
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Number 104 in site chart.
This piano boogie solo has some tricky right hand runs.

It's a homage to the boogie style - dance music in an era when they were too poor to afford a band (or a decent piano).

A whole genre of music flourished with great players like Meade Lux Lewis and is now almost forgotten.

Humpin' Hippos

Humpin' Hippos by jim peden
Listener Rating: Rated 5 stars by listeners
Number 185 in site chart.
"a sensitively and tastefully performed musical sketch of those delicate denizens of the Dark Continent." - Rolling Stone

Well, perhaps not.

Lyle On The Nile

Lyle On The Nile by jim peden
Listener Rating: Rated 5 stars by listeners
Number 120 in site chart.
Sort of ... Lyle Mays meets Ramsey Lewis at the temple of Karnak.

OK, there's a little Pink Floyd thrown in as well. Come to think of it, I did pinch a lot of musical styles in this one. Heigh ho.

Allegro Barbaro (Bartok)

Allegro Barbaro (Bartok) by jim peden
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Number 159 in site chart.
"The Barbarian" was first performed in 1921 by Bartok himself. Its heavy, aggressive style caused a riot and became a crowd pleaser for Bartok from then on.

This recording was made a few years ago and I hope that it shows some of Bartok's passion and brilliance as a composer.

This piece of music was arranged by Keith Emerson and used as the opening track in the first Emerson, Lake and Palmer album. Emerson's arrangement was stunning but the original piano piece still has a lot to offer.

No pianos were harmed in the making of this track.

Staccato Dances

Staccato Dances by jim peden
Number 7 in site chart.
Staccato Dances is a short piano solo in D major for a little extra brightness.

It is a series of little themes which vary in tempo and time signature to represent an imaginary procession of dancers. The last one trips as she leaves the stage.

The image is from a painting by Edgar Degas.

Trompe L'Oeil

Trompe L'Oeil by jim peden
Listener Rating: Rated 5 stars by listeners
Number 149 in site chart.
This piano solo is 'impressionistic' in style.

It's about light, its refractions and reflections, dappled pathways, picnics in the forest - definitely for romantics!

Trompe L'Oeil was improvised at the piano in a single take, but I had to edit out one note that jarred. There's a section from a piece by Poulenc in there in case anyone else out there likes him as much as I do!

Toccata In F (C-M Widor)

Toccata In F (C-M Widor) by jim peden
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Number 209 in site chart.
The Toccata from Symphony 5 pour Orgue (op. 42 no. 5 - fa) by Charles-Marie Widor is one of the most popular works in the classical organ repertoire.

It's a truly inspiring piece of musical grandeur.

As I don't have an organ with pedals, I had to cheat with the feet.


Friday, 20-Oct-2017

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