Three Toys Nos 2 and 3 (1997)

for solo piano

Originally titled ‘More Toys’

Publisher: Bardic Edition

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

Duration: 6 minutes


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


First performance: Wednesday 29 September 2004; Howard College Theatre, Durban, South Africa; Mary Dullea piano.

Programme note

Three Toys No 2 and No 3 came about because I wanted to compose different views of the “object” I had called A Toy (Three Toys No 1), and so the complete set might be an aural equivalent of viewing a piece of sculpture from three different perspectives. The changes that occur between pieces are related to pitch and mode; in every sense they could be read as a response to Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies.


Piano music