Composer, author, lecturer, guitar teacher

New music

Today I’ve posted a new piece of music on soundcloud. The link is

You may need to copy and paste it into your browser.

‘On The Edge’ is the first movement of a piano suite titled ‘John Kennedy at Coos Bay’ which I’ve been working on for about five weeks (when work has allowed). As I mentioned in the previous blog, it began with a single chord – Olivier Messiaen’s ‘chord of resonance’ – which I then composed out in various ways until inspiration took over. After working on it for a week the music took on an identity / title by connecting with my awareness of some famous photographs of JFK taken by Jacques Lowe in Oregon in 1959 (you can see them on Jacque Lowe’s website and they were reproduced in the book edited by his daughter which was published last year for the 50th anniversary. The music goes through many moods over the 7.40 minutes. I hope you’ll give it a listen and enjoy it. Composing it has been a memorable experience, if at times fraught as I’ve had to keep challenging myself not to settle when there were still improvements to make.

I hope to release this with the three other movements on a CD of piano music.


4 responses

  1. Dan Smith

    Hi Rickster – tried cut and paste but was blocked by Soundcloud – I think you are a victim of your own success!!!!!

    Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:51:19 +0000 To:

    July 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • Hello Dan, not sure what happened there – I’ll check and see if others have a problem – you can also just search on my name at soundcloud and all 19 tracks will come up. Best wishes, Rikky

      July 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

  2. Katie Hicks

    The flow was totally absorbing – thought provoking.

    July 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    • Hello Katie, thanks for posting this response – ‘flow’ in music is always important (and not the same thing as ‘smooth’). Rikky

      July 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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