Sketches

This was my first assignment at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, set by my composition teacher, Graeme Koehne. The brief was to write a set of short piano pieces, aimed at the beginner-level pianist, incorporating a modal influence of some kind.

The task's deceptively straightforward nature belied its true challenge: composing music using the simplest of techniques to achieve the maximum result. This forced me to learn the valuable compositional lesson of restraint, and once understood, I discovered a whole new delicate soundworld which I would otherwise have been unable to create. The idea of restraint has now permeated into everything that I write - something that I believe Graeme had intended all along.

These pieces aim to be achievable for any elementary piano student, and through the use of restraint, strive to speak with elegance and clarity.