A collection of simple pieces for younger pianists describing memories of Caroline Bay in Timaru, New Zealand.
Caroline Bay Suite was commissioned in 1999 by the Timaru Branch of The Institute of Registered Music Teachers, and was written for young pianists of grade 3 or 4 level. There are four pieces, which were inspired by frequent stops at Caroline Bay while the composer was travelling between Dunedin and Christchurch. They have been beautifully recorded by pianist Jan Liu as part of the NZ Music Trust's 2022 project publishing NZ piano music in China.
I - Sunrise over the Bay
On a calm, still morning the sun rises over the water, represented by slowly ascending melodic lines. We see light playing on the gentle waves. This piece has expressive lines in both hands, and explores the whole register of the piano.
II - Children Playing
The beach is a wonderful place for children to play. In this piece we see them hopping, jumping, circling around, and having a generally good time. This piece is good for articulation, and contains several quirky ideas.
III - Running on the Beach
New Zealanders have a passion for outdoor exercise, and in this piece we watch a lone runner pacing along Caroline Bay. She gets closer and then disappears into the distance. The music has a modal character, and uses an ostinato.
IV - Carnival
During the Summer holidays there is always a carnival, or fair held at Caroline Bay. This piece re-creates the light-hearted atmosphere of the carnival, and features a heavy bass melody and loping right hand part.
DURATION: 7 minutes
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