Bits and Pieces


This is a page of musical stuff which doesn't really fit in anywhere else.
The samples were recorded on the Real Audio G2 encoder, which I had assumed would work on all previous versions of the player. It appears though that you will actually need the G2 player to hear them. I am sorry about that, but I had assumed that Real Audio would make the G2 encoder backwards-compatible.
There is a link to the Real Audio site on my links page.



Dreamhouse
This was a band to which I used to belong.
It was a neo-goth band formed by my son Damon, and I used to play the keyboards. We became known locally as 'that band with the old bloke in it'. It was quite a family affair, because the lead singer and bass guitarist was my daughter.
The line-up consisted of:
Damon Jones - lead guitar, music, words
Isobel Jones - vocals, bass guitar
Langdon Jones - keyboards
Andrew Robinson - drums, words, music
Dreamhouse
Dreamhouse, in a jovial mood

 

Fight Like SistersFight Like Sisters (3m 5s) Hate You!Hate You! (3m 22s) LamentLament (6m 16s)


Richard Walthew
Many years ago I met someone who turned up late, like me, for a video course - rather than go in late to the course we decided to go and have a drink instead, and we subsequently became friends. One day he told me that his grandfather had been a composer, and there was a trunk full of music in the loft. It appeared that Richard Walthew had been a good friend of Vaughan Williams in his student days, and had gone on to write a great deal of music, some of which was quite popular in its day.
I managed to persuade him to get the box down, and had a wonderful afternoon going through a mixture of published scores and manuscripts. In manuscript form I came across a piano concerto and a string quartet!
While much of the music seemed to have been written to have popular appeal in the Edwardian salon, there was also much there that seemed to be more than worthy of performance.
I subsequently met another grandson, the clarinettist John Walthew, and eventually the idea of a local recital began to take shape.
The recital took place with some pieces played from printed scores, others from the manuscripts. One of the pieces, and one of my favourite Walthew works was the Suite in F for Clarinet and Piano.
This is a wonderful display piece for both instruments, and clarinettists looking for a recital piece that is different and interesting should consider this work.
I have included below recordings of two movements from the Suite. The slow movement, andante tranquillo, is very Brahmsian, and shows Walthew's incredible facility at writing lovely melodies. The last movement is very energetic, and is notable for its second subject. This is a quiet, Ketelby-like theme which diffidently makes its first appearance earlier in the movement, but reappears in inflated and grandiose form at the end.
This performance is by John Walthew on clarinet, with me on piano.

Suite in F for Clarinet and Piano by Richard Walthew

2. Andante tranquillo2. Andante tranquillo (4m 10s) 4. Allegro brillante4. Allegro brillante (5m 51s)



Haydn 'Surprise' Symphony

I have been engaged lately in the somewhat fruitless exercise of creating a MIDI version of Haydn's Symphony no. 94 in G. It occurred to me that I might as well put it on here so that if you were so inclined you could download it. It's the sort of project that only tends to be interesting to the person who is doing it, so I can't imagine why anybody should want it, but if you do, here it is.

Please note. If you have a sound card capable of wave table synthesis, this will sound pretty horrible. However, if your card is not capable of wave table synthesis, it will sound even worse.

Haydn 'Suprise' Symphony, 1st. movt. Haydn - Symphony no. 94 in G 'Surprise'

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