David Pennant's Composing

2017. Nimble A to Z. A series of twenty-six piano pieces requiring nimble fingers. Waltz_A has appeared along the way as well.

2016. Loss for Cello and Piano.

2016. The Gurgling Stream for the Concert Band at Fullbrook School.

2016. A Day at the Friary, for the Friary Guildford Band. 1. Morning Coffee. 2. Feet up after Lunch. 3. Tea Dance.

2016. Easy peasy Pieces for Piano (with some harder ones). 30 short pieces for beginner pianists. Sheet music 5 available from Particular Music. I have added fifteen short pieces to play together, with deliberately easy piano accompaniments, to the webpage, and seven easy piano duets, with sound files, all downloadable for free. Here's an example - A New Day for Clarinet and Piano . . . . . .

2015. The Life of Moses, for piano (22 minutes). The music conveys his story, with special attention to his thoughts and feelings at everything that happened. Sapphire Phillips has created 19 lovely drawings to accompany the music. Video recording to come.

2015. The Resurrection, a 35 minute sequel to Stainer's Crucifixion, for choir and organ. Stainer was my great grandfather. The first run-through was on Saturday April 18th 2015 at Knaphill, and the first public performance, following the Crucifixion, was by the Maidstone Choral Union on March 12th 2016. Next performance at Paddock Wood in Kent on Saturday March 18th 2017.

2014. Wedding Celebration for our daughter's wedding. Sheet music here .

2014. Wildlife in the Psalms for piano. 1. A Pelican in Dry Wilderness (Ps 102:6), 2. Babes and Sucklings (Ps 8:2), 3. The Eagle (Ps 103), 4. Fish in the Sea (Ps 8:8), 5. Horse and Mule (Ps 32:9), 6. Coneys (Ps 104:18), 7. Lion and Cobra (Ps 91:13), 8. The Swallow at the Altar (Ps 84), 9. Sheep (Ps 144:14) and 10. Lambs (Ps 114:6), 11. Dogs Howling Round the City (Ps 59:6), 12. Cattle and Young Ravens (Ps 147:9), 13. The Deer (Ps 42:1), 14. Bees (Ps 119:12), 15. Monsters of the Deep (Ps 104:25 &148:7), 16. The Wild Ox tossing his horn (Ps 92:10), 17. Bird on the Roof (Ps 102:7), 18. Bulls of Bashan (Ps 22:12), 19. Frogs Flies and Lice (Ps 105:30-31), 20. The Leviathan's Frolic (Ps 104:26), 21. Desert Owl among the Ruins (Ps 102:6) and 22. Beasts of the Field and Birds of the Air (Ps 8:7-8). It is surprising how many animals and birds and fish have made it into the Psalms. I plan to record more of these in due course. Sheet music available from Particular Music.

2013. The Book of Daniel for piano. It comes in the Bible. They are designed to be played in order as a group. Pieces eight and nine should be played without a break. 1. Chapter One - Daniel and Friends, 2. Chapter Two - Nebuchadnezzar's Dream , 3. Chapter Three - The Burning Fiery Furnace , 4. Chapter Four - The Tree , 5. Chapter Five - Belshazzar's Feast , 6. Chapter Six - The Lions' Den , 7. Chapter Seven - Daniel's Visions , 8 - 9. Chapters Eight and Nine - Battles and Daniel's Confession , 10. Chapters Ten to Twelve - The Resurrection . The sheet music is available from Particular Music. Total playing time 25 minutes. See also this note about the music.

2012. Fair Ground Suite for piano. 1. Tombola, 2. Melody, 3. Spanish Waltzer, 4. Fishing For Ducks, 5. Gondola Ride, 6. The Little Train, 7. Pirate Ship, 8. Helter Skelter, 9. Hot Dog Vendor, 10. Whirling Teacups, 11. Log Flume, 12. Carousel, 13. Runaway Train, 14. Shooting Gallery, 15. Wall of Death, 16. Horse Racing, 17. Elise by Starlight, 18. Circus Animals (Piano Duet), 19. Candy Floss to Take Home. The sheet music is published by Stephen Pegler at Particular Music.

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I always wanted to compose music, but I allowed two things to discourage me. One was that nobody played what I wrote, so what was the point of writing it? Secondly, when I was in my twenties, compositions had to be avant-garde to be acceptable, it seemed, and as I did not feel comfortable writing grunts and whistles, I felt that disqualified me. So I wrote virtually nothing for thirty years.

A few years ago, I unexpectedly became a trustee for the Robin Milford Trust. Robin was elder brother to my aunt's husband. He has left around 180 works, remarkable, since at the time of writing (1920s to which is 1950s), his traditional style was mercilessly slated by the critics. However, he kept at it despite the discouragement, and now his music is being rescued from library vaults and revived. The moral of that is, never give up!

So I have started writing again. I set myself to write 250 pieces for piano over a ten year period in the hope that one of them might be a good one. Thank you for your interest. David Pennant, Woking

For my earlier compositions, click here. Most of them have never been performed. Never mind! That's why I am now mainly writing piano pieces - at least I can play them if nobody else wants to.