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.
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.