Simon Rackham

Quietism (Mindful Music)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2017
Released 2017
Seventy four minutes of meditative music composed for piano three hands.
NOTES
Quietism (Mindful Music) was composed in the summer of 2017 for piano three hands.
The dictionary gives two definitions for Quietism, one as a particular philosophic term, and the second as a term referring to historical Christian mysticism. My use of the word stems more from the second usage but specifically in relation to the work of Samuel Beckett, as demonstrated in the research of Andy Wimbush.
Several people have told me that various pieces of …
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Five Times Five

by Simon Rackham

Released 2017
Released 2017
Five Pianos playing together in five different time signatures, and recorded in accentuated stereo.
NOTES
Five Times Five was composed in the spring of 2017 for five pianos. There are two main elements to the piece; first, that each piano plays in a different time signature, and second, that it is written to be recorded in a wide stereo layout. Piano 5 (playing in 5/4) sounds on the far left, piano 4 (playing in 4/4) sounds slightly left, piano 3 (playing in 7/4, and the only one with the pedal held down throughout) is in the centre, …
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Lullabies

by Simon Rackham

Released 2017
Released 2017
A compilation album of lullabies (for piano) with two newly composed ones.
NOTES
‘Lullabies’ is a collection of pieces written to celebrate the birth of various friend’s babies, with a few extra pieces (but still with the intention of provoking sleep). The second piece was written for a girl called ‘Aurora’ which translates as dawn. 'Romantic Lullaby' was composed in 2011 and is dedicated to my wife, (and is 'romantic' in the sense that it uses a wider chromatic range than most of my music). 'Room full of …
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Slipbeats

by Simon Rackham

Released 2017
Released 2017
A selection of piano music from 1991 to 2017
NOTES
The two pieces 'Page One' and 'Page Two' were both composed on 4th April 2000, and the score of each piece is one page long. A great deal of freedom is given to the discretion of the performer as to how the music is presented. 'Slipbeats (in Memory of Moondog)' was composed in early 2017 for piano three hands and bass drum. Moondog (1916 - 1999) invariably used percussion in his music and often played the bass drum …
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Vertical Sunset

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Music for solo piano from the mid 1990s to 2016
NOTES
'Vertical Sunset' contains music for solo piano composed from the mid 1990s to 2016.
Most of the pieces don't require an explanation so I've only described here a few oddities.
The first track, 'Where's One?' is unusual for my music in the fact that it's difficult to follow the pulse of the music and therefore not to know which is the first beat of the bar. Track two; 'D.H. Lawrence in Scandicci' is in …
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Off and On

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Music for two pianos, one with the sustaining pedal off, and the other with the pedal on for the entire piece.
NOTES
‘Off And On’, was composed in the late summer of 2016 for two pianos. The title refers to the basic motivation of the piece; in that one piano has the sustaining pedal off throughout the piece while the second piano has the pedal on for the entire duration of the work. The different sonorities of the two pianos interaction give the work its particular characteristic soundworld.

An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Pt. Five

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Music for solo piano composed between 1986 and 2016
NOTES
‘Donadoni, Running at Defenders’, is dedicated to the Italian midfielder Roberto Donadoni who was part of the Italian squad in the 1990 world cup.
Tracks 4, 5, and 6 were first performed by Helen Ottaway under the collective title 'Three Pages from a Diary' and are dedicated to Rosanna D'Urso.
'A Little French' was composed in the late '80s or early 1990s and is dedicated to a friend from Paris, Cécile Alizon.
'Romatic Lullaby' was composed in 2011 …
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An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Pt. Four

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Various pieces for solo piano composed between the 1990s and 2009.
NOTES
'An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Part Four', contains various pieces for solo piano composed between the 1990s and 2009. 'Zugzwang' is subtitled 'A Little Light Music, for Igor Stravinsky'.
'Bread Looks Nice' was first performed by Graham Fitkin at the British Music Information Centre, London.

Dodecaphony (In Memory of Lygia Pape)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Seventy One minutes of largely consonant music composed within a dodecaphonic system for solo piano.
NOTES
'Dodecaphony' was composed in the spring of 2016 for solo piano.
Most of my music since 1987 has been mainly diatonic, but I decided to write a Twelve-tone piece to explore a different sound world. Twelve-tone music is generally synonymous with dissonance, but I have tried to stress the possibilities of consonance.
Whilst writing I had the work 'Livro do Tempo' (The Book of Time) made in 1961-63 by the Brazilian artist Lygia Pape very much in …
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Sounding Still

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Four pieces for piano & electric organ.
NOTES
'Sounding Still' was composed in late 2015 and early 2016 for piano and electric organ. It utilises the sustaining potential of an electric organ against the inevitable 'decay' of a note played on a piano. Each piece fades in a out in changing diatonic tonalities.

Unknown Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
Music composed for solo piano from 1988 to 2015.
NOTES
‘Cornwall One Plus One’ (tracks 1-6) was written in 1988, with each piece dedicated to a friend.
The set of pieces was first performed by Helen Ottaway.
‘A Complete Guide to Dog Racing’ (tracks 7-9) was written in 1989, and is dedicated to my Dad.
The last track ‘Unknown Music, for Paola Paoletti’ was written in 2015 and is dedicated to my wife.

Cornwall One Plus One (1988)
1. PR Paula, for Mark Pavey - 2:53
2. Rollocks, for Ros Bailey - 2:57
3. …
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Remix

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
A different version of my solo piano piece ‘Unknown Music, for Paola Paoletti’.
NOTES
‘REMIX’ is a different version of my 2015 solo piano piece ‘Unknown Music, for Paola Paoletti’. It is exactly the same music, except played twice as fast and with the addition of three drum kits. An example of how the same basic musical material can be transformed to sound like a completely different work.

Two Times Two

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
From 'One Times One', one piano played with one finger, to 'Two Times Two' for two pianos played at two different speeds.
NOTES
'Two Times Two' was composed in the spring of 2015 for two pianos.
Each piano plays the same music but at different speeds. Piano one plays at 100 beats per minutes, and the second piano plays at 80 beats per minute. The slower piano gradually gets further behind, so occasionally piano one repeats a phrase until they’re aligned again. It’s a canon, but stretched by the different speeds. The music is composed using a whole tone …
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Between the Lines

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
Six pieces for piano (3 hands) composed between 1996 and 2015
NOTES
‘Shooting at Angels’ was written a short while after a performance I took part in with the group ‘3 or 4 Composers’ in Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk, (known as the Cathedral of the Marshes) in 1996. The wooden ceiling is remarkable for the 12 Angels that still remain, some of which have been damaged by being shot at. ‘Between the Lines’ (In memory of Marino Marini) was composed in early 2015, and is dedicated to the memory of the …
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A Void

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Three new pieces of for solo piano, best to avoid if you like virtuosic fireworks!
NOTES
‘A Void’ was written in 2010 for solo piano. Part 2 is exactly the same music as Part 1, but played twice as fast, twice. The aim of the piece was to write something that could be listened to both slow and fast, and to see how that affects the perception of the music. ‘November Sea’ was composed as music for a rather minimal video of the same name that was filmed near Punta Ala (Italy) on 11/11/11.

An Anthology of Occasional Pieces (Part One)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
Fourteen relatively short works for piano (and piano three hands) mainly composed in the early 1990’s.
NOTES
‘An Anthology of Occasional Pieces (Part One)’ comprises various works for solo piano. Most of the works were written in the early 1990’s except tracks 3, 4, 10 and 13 which were composed more recently. Tracks 10 and 13 are composed for piano three hands.
‘Little by Little (or, The Calmative)’ is a nod of acknowledgement to Samuel Beckett whose works I appreciate greatly, (the title of the album itself also contains a reference to Beckett in his use of the …
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An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Pt. Two

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
Thirteen relatively short works for solo piano mainly composed in the mid to late 1990’s.
NOTES
‘An Anthology of Occasional Pieces (Part Two)’ comprises various works for solo piano. Most of the works were written in the mid to late 1990’s except track 3, which was composed in 2006. 'Mimetic Abstract No. 9' was composed to celebrate the birth of Eugene Herbert, and ''Lalullaby' was written at the birth of his sister Esmé in 2000.
The title ‘The human eyelid is not teartight’ is a quote from ‘Murphy’ by Samuel Beckett. (The title of …
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An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Pt. Three

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
Eighteen pieces for piano composed in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
NOTES
An Anthology of Occasional Pieces, Part Three, contains music composed in the late 1980s or early 1990s, (except the ‘Forgotten Variations’ which were composed in 2006). The ‘Forgotten’ pieces were untitled when I looked at them in 2006 and I decided to write a set of variations on the small third piece which were amended slightly in 2015 for this release.
‘Forgotten Three’ is for solo piano, ‘Variation One’, is for two pianos, ‘Variation Two’ is for piano …
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The Alphabet (A-M)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
A piano piece for each letter of the alphabet.
NOTES
‘The Alphabet’ was composed in the early 1990s for solo piano. The 26 movements are titled A through to Z and can be performed sequentially or in shorter groupings forming words or a sentence. The music is all diatonic but utilizes some strange scales. This CD contains the first thirteen pieces (A-M).

The Alphabet (N-Z)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
A piano piece for each letter of the alphabet.
NOTES
‘The Alphabet’ was composed in the early 1990s for solo piano. The 26 movements are titled A through to Z and can be performed sequentially or in shorter groupings forming words or a sentence. The music is all diatonic but utilizes some strange scales. This CD contains the second thirteen pieces (N-Z).

Incidental Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
An hour long elegiac meandering through the notes of E flat major.
NOTES
‘Incidental Music’ was composed in the summer of 2014 for solo piano.
It is an hour long elegiac meandering through the notes of the E flat major scale, (a key traditionally associated with “bold heroic music”). As the title suggests, the piece acts as a sparse background, best listened to very quietly & intended to enhance rather than obliterate silence.

Tune

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
A seventy one minute single melodic line for solo piano, without harmony and playable with one hand.
NOTES
‘Tune’ was composed in the early nineties at a time when the CD was becoming more and more ubiquitous, making the production of longer works (up to eighty minutes) without breaks possible. It was the first of several long works I’ve written for solo piano, electric piano or multiple pianos. It is one long single melodic line of music with no harmony, playable with one hand. It is dedicated to the composer Laurence Crane …
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Which Way Is Up?

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
An album of new piano music (from one hand to six hands). Featuring the first arrangement for solo piano of Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’, sanctioned by the composer with permission from the publisher ‘Universal Editions’ (London).
NOTES
‘Which way is up?’ was composed in 2007 for three pianos. Parts 3 & 4 are both canons.‘Clapping Music’* by Steve Reich was composed in 1972 (for two performers clapping). This arrangement for solo piano has been sanctioned by the composer, and permission granted by the publisher ‘Universal Edition’ (London). After completing the arrangement of ‘Clapping Music’, I thought of writing a piece utilising the silences in that work, hence the title 'The Space Between'. ‘Forty one shiny blue …
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Music For Multiple Pianos

by Simon Rackham

Released 2011
Released 2011
This album contains music for six pianos and one piece for five pianos composed between 1989 and 2007
NOTES
‘The Probability of Beauty’ was composed in 2007 for five pianos, the piece consists of ten short fragments of music that are played simultaneously at the beginning, and then goes through a process of each fragment being played with every other until all combinations have been heard. Everything is played together one more time before going through a process of eliminating each one.
‘Which Ever Way Your Nose Bends’ was composed in 1989 as a commission for …
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Echo Chamber Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
‘Echo Chamber Music’ was written in June 2012 for solo piano with echo.
NOTES
‘Echo Chamber Music’ was written in June 2012 for solo piano with echo. It’s reminiscent of a work I composed in the early nineties for solo French horn called ‘Bouncing Back’, which was written for the group ‘3 or 4 composers’ and uses the same echo effect

Arpicembalo Music (for Bartolomeo Cristofori)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
A piece using all 88 notes of the piano, dedicated to the original inventor of the instrument, Bartolomeo Cristofori.
NOTES
Arpicembalo is the name that Bartolomeo Cristofori wanted his newly invented instrument to be called when he made it in Florence around 1700. Nowadays it's more commonly known as the piano.
I wanted to write a piece that used all 88 notes of the modern piano. To do this it seemed the most ergonomic and elegant way would be to utilize the 'cycle of fifths'. The music (though for solo piano) was composed as if for two …
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Harmonium Music (a Soundscape for Empty Churches)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
A subtle ambient soundscape for empty churches. The musical equivalent of a light mist on a lake at dawn.
NOTES
‘Harmonium Music’ was made in the spring of 2012, with the intention of creating a work as a sound installation for churches. I wanted a piece that would have an ethereal wafting presence that would add something subtle to the silence. For this reason I decided to dispense with my usual method of composition (which is very ordered and with a constant pulse) and instead make something of a more elusive nature. I chose the harmonium …
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Orphic Songs (Without Words) in Memory of Dino Campana

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Seventy two minutes of music intended to reflect something about the location of, and atmosphere in the work of the visionary Italian poet Dino Campana.
NOTES
Orphic Songs (without words) was written in memory of the Italian poet Dino Campana (1885-1932) and his singular book of poetry ‘Orphic Songs’. The piece is for three pianos and consists of three pieces; 1. Dino Campana in Lastra a Signa, 2. The view from Castel Pulci, & 3. Sleeping at Badia a Settimo. The three pieces are all in the same key but have slightly different speeds. They are played independently, and one with the other in different …
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Dedications

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Simple sounds composed with the intention of adding a little beauty to the world.
NOTES
A collection of eleven pieces composed over several years, with all the pieces dedicated to someone who has impacted on my life in some way, either personally, as in the case of friends or relations, or someone whose work has influenced my way of thinking about things. The three lullabies were composed to welcome friends children into the world. All of the pieces are for solo piano except, ‘Retrospective’, Lullaby for Zoe-Renee, ‘Moonset’, & ‘A Modigliani …
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Man Made Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2011
Released 2011
An undulating mellifluous sound from a rigidly defined compositional structure.
NOTES
‘Man Made Music’ was composed in 2010 as a rigorous piece of traditional “Systems Music”, i.e. a conceptually preconceived musical structure where the notes are, in this case, allocated by a strict numerical principle. Having decided to use six pianos I gave two notes to each instrument, and those notes are assigned to a number (play this note every twenty beats for example).
It's dedicated to Christopher Hobbs, one of the great exponents of English …
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Once In a Blue Moonlight

by Simon Rackham

Released 2011
Released 2011
A collection of ten miscellaneous piano pieces composed over the last few years.
NOTES
‘Once in a blue moonlight’ contains various miscellaneous piano pieces composed over the last few years. From music to celebrate the birth of a baby girl ‘A new dawn’ to ‘Warhorse’ written in memory of the composer Patrick Morris. ‘Private View’ for Caterina, is dedicated to the Florentine poet Caterina Trombetti. Most of the music is for solo piano except; ‘The turquoise lake of light’ and ‘Between now and when’ which are for piano three …
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Easy Listening (For Electric Piano)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2010
Released 2010
Easy Listening (For Electric Piano) A six movement work of relaxed simplicity.
NOTES
Easy Listening (For Electric Piano) is one of several compositions written with an extented timeframe.
It was composed in 2008.
The third movement is a setting (without words) of Ariel's Song from The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

Audiophilia

by Simon Rackham

Released 2010
Released 2010
'Audiophilia' is a 63 minute piece composed in 2009 for solo piano with a soundscape comprising of found sound material.
A meditative yet slightly disconcerting musical experience.
NOTES
Please note that this album contains sounds of an explicitly sexual nature, if you think you maybe offended by such material please do not listen.

Blank Verse

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
‘Blank Verse’ is a three part spoken word and electric organ album written and recorded in 2002.
NOTES
The text of ‘Blank Verse’ was written in 2002 at a time when I was producing quite a lot of text based work. Each section contains a thousand words and ends with the words ‘I love you’. My idea was to choose words randomly and create a meaningless text, but of course when words are placed adjacent to one another some meaning slips through. The other idea was to use words without repeating them, and in …
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Visiting Scarlino

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Music for two pianos celebrating various places in Scarlino, (GR) Italy.
NOTES
'Visiting Scarlino' was composed in 2009 for two pianos. Scarlino is a small medieval town perched on a hill close to the seaside in the province of Grosseto, Italy. The territory of Scarlino is full of ancient evocative places.

Mattutino Fiorentino

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Music composed to reflect the atmosphere of Florence Italy in diverse morning activities and colours.
NOTES
'Mattutino Fiorentino', (which translates as 'Morning in Florence') was composed for two pianos in 2005. I wrote it whilst spending some time in that incredibly beautiful city, full of history and art.

Slow Movements (in Memory of Jack Pearl)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Eight melancholy piano pieces dedicated to my grandfather Jack Pearl.
NOTES
‘Slow Movements’ was composed in 2010 on hearing the news of my grandfather Jack Pearl’s illness and subsequent death. He was a passionate music lover, especially fond of Beethoven and Schubert. At that time I listened to quite a bit of their music, mainly the recordings of Alfred Brendel, who was another favourite of my grandfather. In everything I listened to, the slow movements seemed the most poignant, so I decided to write a series …
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Water Works for Helen Ottaway

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
An album of new piano pieces from 'A Raindrop' to 'A Sea'.
NOTES
'Water Works for Helen Ottaway' was composed in 2010 for my long term collaborator and friend, the composer and pianist Helen Ottaway, who hosts a radio programme on FromeFM called 'Take Me To The River'. It comprises six relatively short pieces for solo piano, with the titles ranging in size from 'A Raindrop' to 'A Sea'. In the fifth movement 'A Lake', the music of right and left hands is exactly reflected.

Slow Motion Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
A 75 min track of soft mellifluous background music.
NOTES
Slow Motion Music (for Electric Piano) was composed in 2007 as an ambient soundtrack (or as Erik Satie would say "Furniture music") for an exhibition. It's a single track of 75 mins, best listened to very quietly.

Rhythm

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Two versions of the same rhythmic material sounding completely different.
NOTES
Having composed 'Tune' (a seventy one minute solo melodic line) and 'Harmony' (a sixty two minute chord progression), I thought 'Rhythm' was required to complete the set.
'Rhythm' was originally written as a set of instructions for an improvisation using all eight Bs on a piano.
A little later I decided to write a fully notated score for piano (eight hands), still using all the available Bs only. This version is here presented as Part …
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A Little Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
A selection of delicate dainties for solo piano.
NOTES
'A Little Music' was written in 2007 for solo piano. All the music is on a small scale, and that is also reflected in the titles. The ten 'Fragments' (each lasting just a few seconds) go together to form the last piece 'The Whole Picture', as a kind of jigsaw composition.

Music for 'The Man Outside'

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Music for ‘The Man Outside’ was composed for solo piano in 1992 as incidental music for a production of the play by Wolfgang Borchert.
NOTES
Music for ‘The Man Outside’ was composed for solo piano in 1992 as incidental music for an English production of the play ‘Draußen vor der Tür’ written in 1946 by Wolfgang Borchert. The play was presented by Academy Productions and directed by Andy Lavender. The performances took place at The Green Room, Manchester, (in association with the Manchester International Festival of Expressionism), 16th - 17th March 1992, and at Chelsea Centre Theatre, London, 27th May - 13…
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Lucifer's Song (A Passacaglia in Memory of Denys Irving)

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Composed for piano (three hands) and dedicated to the musician and filmmaker Denys Irving (1944 - 1976).
NOTES
'Lucifer's Song' (a passacaglia in memory of Denys Irving), was composed in 2012 for piano (three hands) and is dedicated to the musician and filmmaker Denys Irving (1944 - 1976). Denys Irving was the man behind the elusive early 70's rock group 'Lucifer' who released two albums, 'Big Gun' and 'Exit' and four singles. The 'Exit' LP is the soundtrack from the recently rediscovered film 'Exit', (written, directed and produced by Denys Irving and Naomi Zack in 1971).
A …
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Visiting Castiglione Della Pescaia

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Music (for piano, four hands) composed to celebrate places in the Tuscan seaside town of Castiglione Della Pescaia and environs.
NOTES
Visiting Castiglione della Pescaia was written in the summer of 2012 for piano (four hands). It’s a collection of pieces portraying various aspects of the small town of Castiglione della Pescaia (a former fishing village in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany), and its environs; a place rich in history and legend. Some of the places visited are famous locations but others are hardly known even to the locals. 1. The Red House, (also known as Casa …
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Miscellaneous Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
Thirteen miscellaneous piano pieces from the late 1980's.
NOTES
In 2005 while looking through old music I found a selection of untitled piano pieces from the late 1980's.
I gathered them together in a folder called 'Miscellaneous Music' and forgot about them again. In 2013 I rediscovered them and now finally they can get an airing.

Triadic Variations

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
A sixty five minute slowly meandering work for solo piano using just the major triad notes C, E & G.
NOTES
‘Triadic Variations’ was composed for solo piano in the spring of 2013 at the request of Ute Schröder (to whom the work is dedicated). She asked for an ‘endless’ piece utilizing the major triad. Most of my music uses a very restricted pallet of seven notes (diatonic) and I was slightly concerned at what would result with even further reduction, but in the end I found the three notes (and octaves) ample material to work …
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Common Lines for Sjón

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
Composed for piano (3 hands) with a constant rhythmic ostinato throughout.
NOTES
'Common Lines' for Sjón, was composed in early 2013 for piano (3 hands), and is dedicated to the Icelandic novelist and poet Sjón.

'Looking Out' for Jo Imog

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
Six piano pieces dedicated to various people who helped in the search for Jo Imog.
NOTES
‘Looking Out’ For Jo Imog was composed in 2013. Each piece is dedicated to someone who has assisted in my quest for information about this elusive author.

Harmony

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
A sixty two minute slowly meandering chromatic chord progression, dedicated to the composer Graham Fitkin.
NOTES
'Harmony' was composed in the early 1990's as the second piece in a trilogy of works dealing with fundamental aspects of music. It's a sixty two minute slowly meandering chromatic chord progression for solo piano, dedicated to the composer Graham Fitkin. Most of my music is strictly diatonic, so 'Harmony' is for me something of an exception in its chromatic nature. The second piece on the album, 'A Diatonic Depression', is as the title suggests …
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Octave

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
Three austere pieces for solo piano.
NOTES
'Octave' uses only the eight diatonic notes from middle C up to and including the C above. It was composed in 1991 and is dedicated to John Miller. 'Common Time' was composed in the spring of 2014. 'Part One' is a changing rhythm with no direct repeats and is played on a monotone. In 'Part Two' the same rhythmic structure is used as a cannon between two notes, with the second note coming in one bar behind …
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Sixty Minutes

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
'Sixty Minutes' for solo piano, where the notes counts out the seconds (3600), and the minutes are marked by a loud bass note.
NOTES
'Sixty Minutes' for solo piano, was composed in 2001. It was written to continue a series of pieces dealing with fundamental aspects of music, in this case time. The notes count out the seconds (3600), and the minutes are marked by a loud bass note. Music is a time based medium, but seldom is the time factor made obvious and explicit. The other idea behind the piece was the fact that specific time periods could be performed. …
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Full Time

by Simon Rackham

Released 2014
Released 2014
Three pieces for piano and electric piano.
NOTES
'Full Time' was composed in early 2014 as three movements for piano and electric piano. 'First Half' and 'Second Half' both last 30 minutes each, and 'Half-Time' lasts fifteen minutes. All the pieces are composed with a different diatonic scale, with no modulation.

Multicoloured Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
Three diverse pieces utilizing various compositional structures and ideas of how to manipulate musical form.
NOTES
‘Multicoloured Music’ was composed in 2013 in conjunction with a painting I was making, comprising of nine small canvases. The music is scored for three pianos and each colour in the painting corresponds to a note. Dark blue is played by a C, light blue is a G, orange is B flat etc. The music goes through the same colour sequence as the painting but on reaching the end I turn the painting on its side …
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Experimental Music for Dr. Zack

by Simon Rackham

Released 2013
Released 2013
Music composed of six lines of music, playable on six pianos, with an aleatory element.
NOTES
'Experimental Music for Dr. Zack' was composed in the autumn of 2013.
The piece is made of six lines of music, playable on six pianos.
I recorded each part independently and then created the music by placing them in the recording.
In this way I could move them about and repeat them etc. or over layer them.
Only after 34 minutes do they all play together exactly as written.
This method produces a more random aleatoric music.

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Random Play Music

by Simon Rackham

Released 2016
Released 2016
Ninety nine tiny pieces for solo piano, composed in 2011 to be played in a random order.
NOTES
'Random Play Music' was composed in 2011 for solo piano.
The idea was to write 100 small pieces and use the random play feature or shuffle button available on most CD players to randomise the order.
When I'd finished the pieces and went to put them on a CD, I discovered that a CD will only accept 99 tracks, so I 'randomly' omitted one.
The music is presented as tracks 1 to 99 but that is not the order they …
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Music for Nothing

by Simon Rackham

Released 2015
Released 2015
Two 30 minute tracks of relaxed simplicity, for electric piano (3 hands), best listened to very quietly.
NOTES
'Music For Nothing' (Electric Piano, 3 hands) comprises of two 30 min tracks of elegant relaxed simplicity, best listened to very quietly. Composed in 2007, obviously with Samuel Beckett's work 'Texts for Nothing' very much in mind. The music is available to download for free.