Pianist and composer Melanie Spanswick talks about her brand-new collection of 12 intermediate piano pieces.
'No Words Necessary'
A Collection of 12 Intermediate Pieces
by Melanie Spanswick
No Words Necessary was written in Hong Kong, when I was adjudicating at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival earlier this year. Whilst adjudicating (or competition judging) is a demanding job, I regularly had long lunch breaks between sessions and frequently found myself alone in a splendid concert hall with a beautiful piano. During these lunchtime breaks, I sat at the piano with my manuscript pad and scribbled all twelve pieces.
My music is characteristically tonal, with a nod to Minimalism. This volume is designed for pianists of intermediate level (or those between approximately Grade 3 – 6 of the British examination board system).
The title, No Words Necessary, was inspired by German poet and writer Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856):
'Where words leave off, music speaks.'
Each piece is intended to evoke thoughts, emotions or images in the mind. Many are reflective in character, with melodious tunes and poignant harmonies, but there are also more energetic, lively pieces too, for those who want to get their fingers moving. My aim is always to write in a tuneful, expressive style, which I hope resonates with students of all ages, levels and abilities; these works are equally suited to younger or more mature players. They are comfortable to learn and rarely use large chords or elaborate passagework.
1. Lost in Thought
3. Voices in My Head
5. Phantom Whisperer
6. Dancing Through the Daffodils
7. Walking in the Woods
9. China Doll
11. Tinged with Sadness
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