Throwback Thursday: Purple Rhapsody “Legions of Poppies”

It’s another Thursday, and we’re throwing back to an old track from the Piano Cloud. You can nominate a track for Throwback Thursday by leaving a comment below, or at the Facebook Group. Don’t have Facebook? Then just add it here on Google Drive.

This week’s track is by the masterful Purple Rhapsody (Terry Robinson), and can be listened to below!

I love this track, the transition of chords throughout combined with Terry’s strong melody really make this so impacting. It is so easy to get lost in the track, with it creating such a strong image. Terry has kindly provided us with a narrative on the track — he writes:

My wife bought a fabulous original watercolour painting of purple poppies and she left it on the music stand of my piano. As I sat down to practice I gazed at the painting and improvised this track. It has two aspects – the present day image of poppies blowing in the wind and the associated remembrance of soldiers who died in battle.

I recorded the improvisation and practised it until I could play the left hand part without it sounding too amateurish – at the end of recording the track my left hand felt about ready to fall off!

Thank you for joining us for this Thursday, and as ever, tune in next time for another track!

Throwback Thursday: Macrima “Schneefall In Paris”

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday, where the best of The Piano Cloud’s older tracks are revisited and remembered. You can nominate a track for Throwback Thursday by leaving a comment below, or at the Facebook Group. Don’t have Facebook? Then just add it here on Google Drive.

This week’s track is by the exceptional Macrima as nominated by the extraterrestrial Patrick Ytting, and can be listened to below.

Many of you will recognise this track from the November 2014 Highlights from The Piano Cloud group. There is something about this track which makes it worthy of having its own blog post on the site, despite previous attention! The track is so special for a number of different reasons. First of all, the performance is so crisp and brisk that it immediately feels polar and frost-bound! Second, this ‘frozen over’ track holds one of the most perfect melodies to come from Macrima and The Piano Cloud. The melody is so enticing, flowing, and natural, and it feels like it has always been there… Even though you’re listening to it for the first time, it feels like something that has been etched into parchment paper for years. Lastly, the piece perfectly achieves exactly what the title suggests it would. I feel especially grateful to be one of the 10,000 people to have heard it!

Keep an eye out for next week’s Throwback Thursday, it’ll be here before you know it! Don’t forget to leave your suggestions below!