Piano Sonatas I-IX
I began writing my first, four movement Piano Sonata No.1 in 1986, as a student at the Birmingham School of Music (now Conservatoire). It was this Sonata that John Ogdon was later to perform, and that led to the Piano Concerto No. 1 'in memoriam John Ogdon'.
The second, four movement Sonata No.2 (Spirits of Our Age II), was inspired by the painting 'Christ Carrying the Cross' - Hieronimus Bosch. Various characters within the painting are described in the piece. The sonata also experiments with percussive effects such as striking the piano beneath the keyboard with the sustain pedal held to create a 'sonic boom'.
Sonata No.3 is in four movements and is based on the play between major/minor tonalities.
The fourth sonata, at eleven minutes long, is the shortest of the sonatas to date. It is in one through-composed movement and nods the head to Liszt, Prokofiev and Ravel.
Soanat No.5 is in three movements and has 'jazz' elements in the first, even though jazz is not a particular interest of mine. It also makes use of arpeggiated chords.
The sixth sonata begins in martial fashion with cluster chords played with both forearms. The second and third movements are short.
The seventh sonata is a much lighter work than the others and makes use of ostinati patterns. In three movements.
The eighth sonata (Enceladus) is in three movements and is so subtitled as there are many internal stresses and strains (just like Saturn's moon that it is named after).
The ninth and most recent sonata to date is again in four movements and begins with a very strong first subject based on the tritone. The sonata ends with variations on the hymn known as Old Hundreth.
Piano Sonata No.4 - complete work (premiere)
Une Petite Suite de Picardie
Five O'Clock Blues & Evening Shadows
Movements in Time
Save Our Vensuian Souls
Piano Studies Album
A Natural Selection
Now that's what I call jazz!
Five Gentle Studies for Right Hand
Hall of Mirrors - ten piano duets
Sonata for two pianos - 'Hridayam'
Piano Concerto No. 1 - 'in memoriam John Ogdon'
Piano Concerto No. 2 - 'In the Flowers of the Sun'
"Now that's what I call jazz!" - piano solo
Noel! Noel! is a joyful Christmas celebration for eight hands and one piano