Music with five beats in the bar was almost unheard of in the baroque period of classical music. All the more reason to see whether it would have worked. So I wrote this short piece for harpsichord in 5/4 time to test out the idea. Would Bach have approved?
Do-Re-Me is a classic children's song from The Sound of Music, which demonstrates the Tonic Sulfa, a simple way of describing the notes in a major scale. But it is also contains a nice harmonic sequence, a common feature of classical music for hundreds of years.
The Queen of Love is an almost forgotten masterpiece of psychedelic folk music, written by Robin Williamson and recorded by The Incredible String Band in 1970. Back in 2020, during lockdown, I set about arranging an orchestral adaptation of the piece to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Here it is.
Cellos have a pretty serious image. They're seen primarily as classical instruments, whereas the violin gets to play everywhere. So I set out to put this right and give the cello a chance to play the blues.