Crystallised Beauty – full length track

Download the sheet music here!

Breaking news… New piano page with tracks here
Funnily enough, I can’t play the piano as I’m a cellist by trade, so one hand carrying a melody is more than enough for me. In fact my piano reports from junior school were so bad that I still have them.

They are paper reports as, back then, the only computer in school ran floppy disks the size of a pancake (same consistency too) and could achieve the incredible task of generating a row of ten prime numbers whilst making a noise like your granny clearing her throat.

Sorry, not your granny, one’s own granny.

So they were lovingly crafted from postcard sized sheets of paper stapled together with a whole page per subject, including instrumental lessons. Most of the sheets were marked with crabbed, bitter scratchings of frustrated first world war veterans sent to the darkest parts of Essex to teach us, which goes some way to explaining why they were illustrated with fag ash burns and beer stains.

Not so my piano report pages .. oh no. Elegant beautiful writing like (the then) to be Lady Di’s.

They read:

  • Year one: Trying
  • Year two: Still trying
  • Year three: Very trying

Obviously a treasured possession now…

Anyway – A little while back I wrote a piece for solo piano called Crystallised Beauty (Crystallized if you’re American) which was recorded on an album for Chappell. For some reason, some people like it – for which I’m very grateful, as I’m an imposter in the world of the keyboard…

Here’s the not often heard full-length version of the track:

Here’s a Jane Austen trailer using it. The sheet music is finally coming soon and will be a free download from this page…

Other Keyboard pieces

The are a number of other keyboard pieces in this set.

Here’s one of them, which was recorded in Finchcocks, a stately home and piano museum. The instrument used is a Viennese double strung piano – very rare and extremely fragile instrument. [Audio https://radiomovies.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/04-moon-over-meadow.mp3%5DThe piece is (as yet) unnamed, but is based on the idea of an empty drawing room at night – except, that is, for the piano. It holds within its wood and strings snatches of music, harmonics and melodies that others have played on it… Any ideas for names gratefully accepted – the more literary the better!

Here’s a second piece recorded on a Steinway – a slow ballade waltz [Audio https://radiomovies.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/jb3-ballade.mp3%5D

Here’s a third piece called The Long Letter[Audio https://radiomovies.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/07-10-long-letter.mp3%5D

38 Comments Add yours

  1. Natalie Manifold says:

    Love this piece of music. Randomly, the first time I heard it i had just returned from a trip to Lyme Regis. I recommend a visit if you have never been there.

    1. radiomovies says:

      Oddly enough I used to spend my holidays fossil hunting there as a kid!
      Thanks for your kind comment!
      best wishes
      PDS

  2. Angela says:

    This is so beautiful. Are you going to bring out a cd of your works eventually?

  3. Autumn says:

    I listen to it on a loop for ages, I am somewhat both ashamed and shy to report, and have pointed many people to it. It’s exquisite. I’m not a pianist either but a fellow cellist, and I’m looking forward to the sheet music to mess about with it on cello. ‘For Elena’ and ‘Sonata for Forgotten Piano’ are two other piano pieces you’ve done that I love.

    It absolutely amazes me that you can score something this beautiful for an instrument you don’t play. I know it’s something that composers have done through the ages — technically, if you have the proper theory you can do it — but I marvel at it all the same.

  4. radiomovies says:

    I will release all the piano tracks if the record company can see evidence that people want them. I have two new CD projects in production at the moment, and will make sure piano comes next – if it seems like a good idea.
    There are about ten other pieces for piano already recorded and I’m just about to record three more.
    Autumn – I may well do a version for cello too (it is, after all the greatest instrument..!)
    best P

  5. Val says:

    This piece is just so magical!!!!! I adore it! Thanks so much!

  6. Autumn says:

    So how do we officially demonstrate to the record company that we’re interested in the piano CD? 😉

    Wow, a cello version? What a luxury!

  7. karen says:

    Just listened to Crystallised Beauty and I agree with the others, your composition is simply amazing for one who doesn’t play the piano. I’m a first year student of piano so I’d love to have a copy of your sheet music whenever you publish it. It’s a goal I can work toward, to be able to play it some day.

  8. Jose says:

    The music was excellently chosen; some of the images went by me a bit too fast, but I guess that’s how television works nowadays. The full-length version of the track was lovely; I would like to see a video with it, where the scenes were played out in further detail.

  9. Pat Griffith says:

    Helpful site. I studied music 30 some years ago and I am now revisiting it. I have always been interested in composing and I am breaking out the old multitracker tonight. Your examples are inspiring and appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Jesse says:

    I just saw the season trailer and loved your music instantly! It is beautiful! Can’t wait for the cello version! =] and I can’t wait for a CD!! 😉

  11. Jemma says:

    ‘Crystallised Beauty’ sends tingles down my spine! I’m a writer, and listening to this music always helps me find that elusive inspiration. It’s literally the most played song on my iPod. Thank you for composing it and I hope the record company realise how much eveyone wants a CD to be released!

  12. Sybil says:

    Love the new piece you posted, the nameless one. It has a very haunting quality to it. As for a name, may I suggest: Rememberances. From the description you posted at Austen.com of the piano recalling snatches of music previously played upon it, it seems fitting. I look forward to hearing more of your work.

  13. Tabby says:

    Ah. I wondered who it was that had written this piece. I love it! Thank you.

  14. Joan Ellen says:

    Your unnamed piece is absolutely lovely. How about this for a title: “I wish I could see Cassiopeia,” taken from the stargazing scene in Mansfield Park (chapter 11)? The music is evocative of the same harmony and repose Fanny Price (and I) find in stargazing.

    Thank you for sharing your music with us.

  15. Beautiful. It adds tension, and yet it satisfying in itself. I will link this post to my blog. Vic

  16. Jane Odiwe says:

    I love your music.
    Pemberley Passionato or simply Passionato describes this wonderful piece to me.

  17. blarneygirl says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    Sign me up for a CD.

  18. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful piece.
    You could call it Reflections & Reverie. From both your description and the sound of it, the piece seems to create that sort of a mood. Gorgeous.

  19. Maria L. says:

    As much as I like Crystallised Beauty, it is your lovely and contemplative second track that really takes me somewhere else.

    I would call it Solace in Solitude–remembering Jane Fairfax’s comment to Emma–“Oh! Miss Woodhouse, the comfort of being sometimes alone!”

    Thank you for sharing your music. Please consider posting it somewhere where we can download it for purchase.

  20. Jose says:

    Now that I listened to the still-unnamed piece, I find that I also would have called it something related to Reflections, but another title that came to my mind while reading the part where you mentioned the image of an empty drawing room at night, I got the image of someone looking out a window and kind of half seeing the scenery around and half seeing mental images (imagine Darcy the evening after he ran into Elizabeth at Pemberley, for instance). So my title suggestion is Beyond the Window.
    I liked the piece, although at times it got a bit repetitive (some sequences of notes were repeated 3-4 times with 1-2 second gaps between them). As an untalented amateur I hesitate to make suggestions to a master, but I would recommend either streamlining the piece a bit by doing away with the repetitions, or replacing some of the silences with poignant long notes (maybe sometimes a soft, long note extended by the pedal?) or 1-2 notes to give a “pause-segue” effect.

  21. Niamh says:

    hi again!=)
    i listen to these pieces now, and i have to say that your compositions are just amazing!
    I have another request: don’t you have the sheets for the first music?the one played in a viennese piano. please put it in here,i would be pleased if you do so ,for me to play it.

    Congratulations for such an incredible work!

  22. Janine says:

    Both me and my sister had enjoyed the song Crystallised Beauty and when I went to look for it I couldn’t find it anywhere. Is there a specific location where I can acquire this song? I really want it.

  23. YAA Adding this to my bookmarks. Thank You

  24. M-G Day says:

    I love the Crystallised Beauty piece and as I am a keen piano player, I have downloaded the sheet music. However, I see it is for two pianos and as I am a solo player, would it be possible to adapt it for just one? Do you have sheet music for a solo piano version of Crystallised Beauty? I would be grateful for any help. Thanks.

  25. Evelien says:

    I really totally love you for this!
    Is it possible to get the sheets and the mp3 of the other keyboard pieces as well? Thanks!

  26. Kristina says:

    This I can listen to again and again and again…

  27. Your Crystallised Beauty is simply enchanting. I don’t believe you can’t play the piano, this is too beautiful. I’m trying to learn the piano and would be thrilled if I could ever write something like this. I’ll be back to check if you do come out with the sheet music.
    Thanks,
    John

  28. Jasmine says:

    Another Jane Austen fan here! Crystallised Beauty is my favourite piece of music at the moment. Where can I download the song and get the sheet music?
    Your compositions are incredible. Shivers down the spine…

  29. Gloria says:

    I am absolutely in love with this piece!

  30. denise bremner says:

    ~~It’s a cold,grey/dreary day here in Iowa; So, when I stumbled upon your site, I allowed myself the luxury to linger awhile….And for a few moments was transformed/ let the worries/cares of my life melt away.;p
    ~~Thank-You!!
    denise

    P.S. I’m trying to locate a place to purchase your cd’s…any suggestions?

    *** ALSO, RE: adding my suggestion to; piece #2(above)~~beautifully played on the Steinway;…… “Lingering at Dusk” …..;p

  31. Lisa R. says:

    It sounds much like the piece used on the US DVD menu screens, which I adore. Did you write that variation as well? (Or maybe it was rerecorded; it definitely sounds different.)

    1. radiomovies says:

      That’s intriguing!!
      I will investigate..
      best
      Philip

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