The second part of the listings of British piano music on the back of a piece of piano music published by Augener’s. It is clear that many of these long forgotten pieces are for teaching purposes. However, one or two works that I do know (or have a copy of in my library) are anything but easy. For example, Alec Rowley is often seen as a ‘grades’ composer, however his Toccatas are no cinch. Even Eric Thiman's New Nursery Rhymes are full of places that can trip up the over confident tyro.
Thomas Baron Pitfield
Five Short Pieces: Prelude, Dance-miniature, Bagatelle, Crooning, Merry-go-round.
The Circle Suite: Bourree, Minuet, Pavan, Jig
Two Little Dances in old style: Minuet & Gavotte
Country Tunes -20 graded pieces
Leonard W. Reed
Two Pieces: Pavanne Caprice & Child Portrait
Two Pieces: Whither & Frozen Landscape
7 Preludes on all the intervals
Three Invocations: The Shipyard, Song for Reapers, Earth Chant
Toccata – The Two Worlds
Tunes from an old music box
My Lady’s Minuet
Five Portraits: In the Twilight (Vera), Valsette (Hazel) Melodie (Eileen) In thought (Ursula) & A little song (Anne)
Eric H. Thiman
New Nursery Rhymes (Set 2): Hey Diddle Diddle, Matthew, Mark Luke and John, Little Boy Blue & Jack & Jill
Andersen Tyrer (was he British?)
Three Pieces: Nymphs, The Lake & April Days
There are no titles here that strike me as being particularly ‘camp’ or ‘of their time.’ However, there are a few that sound tempting to discover:. For example, I wonder what Kathleen Richards’ Frozen Landscape sounds like? Or Alec Templeton’s nostalgic Five Portraits: I wonder where the dedicatees ended up? Finally the two ‘big names’ here are Robin Milford and Thomas Pitfield. Both of these composers are surely ready for reappraisal and re-discovery.