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by Daryl Runswick
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Contents       described in detail below:

Scafra Preludes

Third Sonata

Alison’s Piano Book

Moto Interrotto

Moto Ripreso

 

Boogie Books (teaching)

Improvisation pieces suitable for, or including, piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scafra Preludes                (2005)

Ten years in the making (1995-2005) these twelve Preludes are (if you like) my ‘48’. With a Prelude

for each note of the chromatic scale, the whole set is an exposition of my scafra style – basically a

method of composing using controlled repetition (but don’t expect minimalism!) Each Prelude is

dedicated to a friend. The set is divided into four Books of three Preludes, each Book containing a

toccata, a fantasia and a notturno. Preludes can be played separately, in Books or as a complete set

lasting more than an hour.

 

103 pages plus introductory notes. A companion booklet, Scafra Preludes: Notes and Analyses is 
available on this website (Articles) or in print (and better layout) on application (email me) 

Standard: difficult.

Impro: none.

Publisher: Dazzle Music                                         £22.50 incl. p&p in UK

(overseas customers please email me for prices)

 
 

Third Sonata    (2004)

This major work, almost 2 hours in complete performance (though individual sections can be done

alone) is the companion piece to Scafra Preludes. It is based on some of the same material and

employs scafra as its formal principle. The big difference is that this is partly an improvisation

piece. The six sections (each a 15 minute Sonata in its own right) are

 

1. Cellini    largely composed but with the opportunity for some improvisation

2. Boethius    through-composed with no impro

3. Minotaur   improvised on given modes with a certain amount of melodic guidance

4. Navratilova    56 starting points which you continue improvising

5. Bashô     through-composed with no impro

6. Blueprint   completely improvised from given modes

 

Each of the six Sonatas is identical in form and is composed and improvised from the same

blueprint: so Third Sonata is, among other things, a gigantic set of semi-improvised variations.

 
101 pages plus introductory notes and appendix. 

Standard: varies from easy to difficult.

Impro: yes.

Publisher: Dazzle Music                                         £22.50 incl. p&p in UK

(overseas customers please email me for prices)

 

 

Alison’s Piano Book        (2004)

Dedicated to my wife Alison (Anna Magdalena style) This book contains the collected piano music

from my whole life (so far) – except Third Sonata and Scafra Preludes, published separately (see

above). Starting with the tiny Prelude in G flat written when I was about 8 there are 15 pieces,

some of them occasional, some quite major, including a couple from my youth, some from my

jazz-influenced 20s and 30s (such as Sonatina in Keith Jarrett mode) a Schumann pastiche in

memory of my father (who loved Romantic piano music) and moving on to my later style,

substantial works such as the 3 movement dot music. There are also two duets.

 

118 pages plus introduction, notes for each piece and appendix. 

Standard: varies from very easy to difficult.

Impro: none.

Publisher: Dazzle Music                                         £22.50 incl. p&p in UK

(overseas customers please email me for prices)

 
 

Moto Interrotto               (1995)

A concerto-style piece (20 minutes) played against a pre-recorded backing (you can hear it on my

OVERLAYS CD: see CDs). In turns witty and moving, constantly changing style and occasionally
even employing deliberate pastiche, we find influences as far apart as Brahms, Herbie Hancock, 
John Lennon and John Cage rubbing shoulders. Ultimately, though, Moto Interrotto is typical 
echt  Runswick.
 
8 pages plus introductory notes and pre-recorded backing (in any format you want). 

Standard: medium.

Impro: yes.

Publisher: Dazzle Music                                         rental only (email me)

 

 

Moto Ripreso   (1995)

The companion piece to Moto Interrotto (15 minutes) played against a pre-recorded backing

(also on my OVERLAYS CD: see CDs). This is a much looser form than Moto Interrotto giving
the performer a freer rein. The solo part is completely improvised. 
 
1 page plus introductory note and pre-recorded backing (in any format you want). 

Standard: any.

Impro: yes.

Publisher: Dazzle Music                                         rental only (email me)

 

Boogie Books

Four books of jazz / pop teaching pieces:

 

BOOGIE FOR BEGINNERS: easy to medium

PLAY BOOGIE: medium to a bit hard

BOOGIE DUETS FOR BEGINNERS: easy to medium

PLAY BOOGIE DUETS: medium to a bit hard

 

Impro: none.

Publisher: Faber Music

 
 
 

Improvisation pieces suitable for, or including, piano (see Improvised)


Not Farewell
Dicing with De'Ath
Chinese Whispers
Set of 5