Tammy Howarth: “Aftermath”

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Tammy Howarth composed this while a second year student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

I first heard Tammy’s original music posted on SoundCloud before she had finished schooling in Pembrokeshire, and was immediately struck by her originality and talent.

“Aftermath” is a deeply reflective piece, its engaging melody underpinned by subtle arrangement and production. Unlike many pieces in a so-called “post-minimal” style, the arrangement never becomes too much, drowning out the core piano content … it’s this musical sensitivity, restraint and sophistication that I find particularly striking and appealing.

I hope you enjoy this too!

Follow: Tammy Howarth on SoundCloud


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“Departures”

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The Sunday Sounds feature will occasionally feature my own original piano compositions, and it seems fitting to begin where I myself started.

This piece was improvised late one night some years ago. Listening back to it I realised that the structure and musical content was satisfactory without any editing, and when I subsequently set up my own SoundCloud account, it was the first piano track that I ever shared.

From the start, it has proved popular with listeners, and if this is your first encounter with it, I hope you will enjoy the piece!

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“Legions of Poppies”

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Manchester based pianist and composer Terry Robinson says of this beautiful composition:

My wife bought a fabulous original watercolour painting of purple poppies and she left it on the music stand of my piano. As I sat down to practice I gazed at the painting and improvised this track. It has two aspects – the present day image of poppies blowing in the wind and the associated remembrance of soldiers who died in battle.

I recorded the improvisation and practised it until I could play the left hand part without it sounding too amateurish – at the end of recording the track my left hand felt about ready to fall off!

It’s a great track! Have a listen:

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“The Break of Dawn”

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One of the loveliest piano solos I have heard on SoundCloud, “The Break of Dawn” is composed by Christian Smith, a 21 year old composer from Hampshire, England, specialising in romantic and uplifting piano and string compositions.

Christian writes:

After 9 months of writers block, and many failed attempts, I have finally managed to complete a composition.

And what a composition it is!

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“Voyages en Eau Douce”

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To kick off this brand new series on the Pianodao website, here’s a wonderful original piano piece from my friend Patrick Ytting…

Patrick Ytting live at a recital at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire, UK, 3rd Sep 2011. Recording engineer, Oliver Sadie. An original piano piece by Patrick Ytting entitled “Voyages en Eau Douce”

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