Three Toys No 1 (1995)

for solo piano

Requested by Daniel Matej for the 'morceaux en forme de poire' project

Originally titled ‘A Toy’

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Published in: Collected Shorter Piano Pieces Vol 1 (2008) – Bardic Edition BDE 917

Duration: 3 minutes


Recorded by Jill Richards on ‘Michael Blake: Complete Works for Solo Piano 1994-2004’ (MBED001).


First performance: Sunday 11 June 1995; Evenings of New Music, Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia; John Tilbury piano.

Further performances:
24.05.1996; St Giles Cripplegate, London; Michael Blake piano (London premiere)
9.05.1997; Saarbrücken, Germany; John Tilbury piano (German premiere)
13.08.1997; Beethoven Room, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; Michael Blake piano (South African premiere)
18.08.1997; Howard College Theatre, Natal University, Durban, South Africa; Michael Blake piano
22.08.1997; Musaion, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Michael Blake piano
25.08.1997; Atrium, Wits University, Johannesburg; Michael Blake piano
14.05.2013; Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Michael Blake piano
14.07.2013; Gentsche Festspiele, Gent, Belgium; Michael Blake piano

Programme note

Three Toys No 1, which is based on a group of pitches from the opening of Satie’s Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire, was a request from Daniel Matej for the “morceaux en forme de poire” project premiered during the sixth edition of Evenings of New Music. The title refers to short pieces commonly found in collections of Elizabethan virginal music, but it could also refer to a spinning top which might have been the “pear shaped object” Satie had in mind…


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