This collection of pieces relates to a place in my childhood where I first felt the allure of piano music and nature. The name is used a lot now for everything from parks and golf courses to business enterprises, but the owners (my grandparents) thought it was unique at the time, and they had it carved on a wood sign at the entrance to their long driveway. I suppose it was not a remarkable place in the eyes of many people, and it has now been changed so much that I wouldn't recognize it if I visited, so I have substituted images in the imaginary views below, that have a familiar feeling to me.
I hope visitors will enjoy playing the sheet music. Please keep in mind that some pieces are more modern than others, so the style on a few may seem "old fashioned." I use the term New Age because classic or romantic would suggest they actually came from an earlier time. Also note that the sound files are offered for technical reference, not studio quality listening. I include the computer generated mp3's just to show where you will be headed, for those who find sight reading difficult. The sound appeal will improve when you play them on a real piano.
Click for sheet music folder at right = sound files
The 13 pieces and a
Climbing Roses: There was a large bush of these at the kitchen window that bloomed bright red in the summer.
Pavilion: This was more like a rustic picnic shelter on tall poles, reached by a bridge because the ground beneath it sloped steeply into the woods below the house.
Bird Song: The Blue Jay in the picture makes other calls unlike the music, but Jays were in the mixture of birds always coming to the feeder we could watch through a special window.
Gardenias: My grandmother floated these blossoms in a bowl placed on the dining room table under a small chandelier, and the fragrance filled the room.
Heirlooms: All kinds of small interesting things come to mind but I do recall my grandfather always asked my grandmother to play a certain piece so the title is also a reference to things not physical.
Flowering Hillside: In Atlanta, Spring daffodils come up (or at least used to) in vast colonies before overhead trees could cast shade over them.
Garden Walls: My grandfather loved outdoor cooking so much that he built more than one paved area with stone walls to hold cooking grills in the hillside above the house.
Upper Room: There was a room over the garage with its own balcony that my cousins and I loved to use when we were invited to stay overnight. Upper Room has anoter meaning: it is also the name of a devotional booklet my grandmother subscribed to.
Moonlit Pines: I didn't remember pines until I found some photos in an album which showed them against the sky in the background. So the moon must have passed over many times, and I'd like to think -however the house has changed- some things remain to this day.
Terrace Steps: There were formal steps to the front door and also among the rustic stone walled eating spots in the hillside, that were always romantic and mysterious to me.
Snapdragons: In a recent phone call, one of my cousis mentioned how these grew in the hillside walled areas and I had long forgotten them, so here is a piece to her own special memory.
Tanglewood Theme: Perhaps this is for the sloping front lawn, and other things that are so misty I'm not sure now if they were real or not...like a shiny globe mounted on a pedestal near the edge of the lawn, which showed whatever it reflected like a view into another world.
This December: I wrote this little piece on impulse after Thanksgiving -several months after the Tanglewood group was finished. It is a little nostalgic but looking forward to the future. It has a "Christmas" wish intention that can be considered a blessing sent any time of year.