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This is part of a collection of piano pieces that I have been working on. If you don't know what Bakkushan is you could always search for the meaning. Hopefully, it will make sense when you do. In the meantime stay safe. All rights reserved ©Stephen Owen

Week four of 'lockdown' and this week it's a piano rag. Some think that ragtime piano should be really fast. I'm glad to say that it really shouldn't be any quicker than this and even this speed gets a bit hairy at times. If you like it and it makes you smile please leave a comment or even a thumbs up. Either would be appreciated. In any event, stay safe and stay at home. We can beat this.

This is part one of the Coronavirus Collection. I grew up with this ringing in my ears. I guess that this is one of those pieces that made me want to do what I have done with most of my life, i.e. playing music. The actual track came about when Rick Wakeman was doing sessions for Cat Stevens and they needed another song to fill the album up. Cat heard Rick playing what was to be a track from his own album and asked Rick to play something similar as a filler for this hymn tune. The rest is history. I hope that you enjoy my attempt at it and if you do give me thumbs up, if you like it enough a share and if you are really keen subscribe to my channel. Stay safe and healthy Stephen Owen March 2020

Our Lady and St Patrick’s R.C. Church 40, Union Street West, Oldham, OL8 1DL present their 6th Annual International Music Festival Saturday 23rd November at 2.30pm All proceeds to Cornerstone Manchester African Choir Eeh Moyo Wango - 0' 00" Ukuthula - 5' 08" Indian Community Thee Pole Evanganame - 11' 07" 10,000 reasons ( Bless the Lord ) - 14' 32"

Our Lady and St Patrick’s R.C. Church 40, Union Street West, Oldham, OL8 1DL present their 6th Annual International Music Festival Saturday 23rd November at 2.30pm All proceeds to Cornerstone Manchester Filipino Choir Kay Saya ng Buhay Medley (meaning 'How wonderful life is') - 0' 00" Kalesa (Old Filipino Folk Song about a traditional horse drawn carriage) - 7' 44" Filipino Youth Group Let there be peace on Earth - 12' 12"

Our Lady and St Patrick’s R.C. Church 40, Union Street West, Oldham, OL8 1DL present their 6th Annual International Music Festival Saturday 23rd November at 2.30pm All proceeds to Cornerstone Manchester Folk Group Summertime - 0' 00" Total Praise-3' 49" Nostro Coro Kum ba yah - 6' 06" Down to the river to pray - 8' 53" When the saints / Swing Lo / I wanna sing - 12' 12"

This is my choir, Nostro Coro, singing as part of the Annual International Music Festival that takes place at the Church of Our Lady and St Patrick, Oldham each year on the Saturday before Advent starts. This was in 2015, performing 'Ave Maria' by Caccini.

Well, that's it. Twelve pieces in twelve weeks' done. I have actually looked at quite a lot more than the twelve but the twelve that are here are the twelve that I felt that people would enjoy the most. So, Trioka. This piece says 'Christmas' to me more than any other. I have no idea why but there it is, and as it is Christmas in 4 days time it seems appropriate to finish with this. Thank you to those that have followed 'Twelve pieces in twelve weeks' and to those that made comments or liked or even shared. Every one of them is greatly appreciated. All that remains is to say 'Merry Christmas' and wish everyone a very happy 2019. Merry Christmas!

Written in 1938, 'Over the rainbow' is possibly one of the best known tunes of the 20th Century. Christmas wouldn't be complete without it. In 2015 the ABRSM asked Dave Stapleton to write this arrangement of 'Over the rainbow'. I really liked it and so did one or two of my pupils that played it. So here it is on my list of 'Twelve pieces in twelve weeks'.

As it has been the first week of Advent I decided that this week I would do an arrangement of one of my favourite festive tunes; O come, O come Emmanuel. I have tried to create something different. I'm happy with it but let's see if anyone else is. Comments below please.

This came out the blue. I was asked to play this for someone and had totally forgotten that we did something with Fauré's Requiem when I was at college. Anyway, Mrs. Owen really liked it and so did I so with a bit of a rewrite from myself because I couldn't find a solo piano arrangement of it, here is week nine's piece; 'In paradisum' by Gabriel Fauré arranged a bit by me. Do please like and subscribe.

Written by Robert Schumann on 24th February 1838, this is the most popular piece from 'Kinderzenen' and some would say, the entire piano repertoire. It really had to be one of the twelve.

'Oh, lady be good' by George Gershwin. This one is for my dad. He used to play this sort of thing by ear when I was a kid. The arrangement is by Gershwin himself from a book called 'Gershwin at the keyboard'. I hope you enjoy it.

After a lovely week off in the Cotswolds it's now week 6 of Twelve pieces in twelve weeks. This week it's Schumann and a piece called 'Frühlingsgesang' which means Spring Song, as far as my basic German tells me.

This is a quick arrangement of one of those tunes that I keep coming back to. It has been a busy week.

Week four of the Twelve week challenge. 'The little shepherd' by Claude Debussy. Written in 1908, this is a bit like one of Debussy's other piano pieces; 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' or 'The girl with the flaxen hair' which was written the following year. Maybe it was a sketch for it, maybe not. I like both.

This is probably one of the best known piano solos of all time. It was written on 27th April 1810 in Beethoven's 40th year. It was written when Beethoven was profoundly deaf. Six years later he would be totally deaf. I included it in my twelve pieces because just about every new pupil I have ever met has wanted to play it. The thing is that the only really know of the main melody. This is the whole thing. Enjoy.

Part 2 of 'Twelve pieces in twelve weeks'. 'Clare de lune' is one of those pieces that you keep meaning to get around to. I find it's one of the pieces that people would like to learn when they begin to learn piano. I have meant to learn it for years and finally I've done it. Hope you like it.

Allemande from French Suite No.1 by J.S. Bach. Played by Stephen Owen.

Elegy from Richard III by William Walton. Organ solo played on St Mary's with St Patrick's organ by Stephen Owen, 9th March 2018.

I have no idea why but this is one of my favourite pieces to play. I hope you like it too.



Maggie Cole performing at St. Eddie's, Walkden, Manchester in August 2003 with Stephen Owen (Keyboards) and Bob Christie (Drums)

Solo guitar arrangement of one of my favourite Christmas tunes. I'll be totally honest and tell you that I didn't play it, my computer did BUT if you want a sheet music copy of it just contact me and through stephen-owen.co.uk and I'll email you a pdf for free. How's that for Christmas spirit.

This is something that I did a couple of years ago as part of a Christmas countdown. I hope you enjoy it. Please share. www.stephen-owen.co.uk

Stephen Owen's solo piano piece - Jingle bell boogie. This is the first of the video's that I'll be putting up for Christmas 2013. If you have any suggestions do let me know. Don't forget to 'like' and 'share'. Merry Christmas www.stephen-owen.co.uk

Middleton Civic Hall, Manchester, 4th May 2014 Guitar/vocal - Maartin Allcock Keys - Stephen Owen Bass - Mike Power Drums - Paul Burgess Pete Cowap Memorial Day

        
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