This saddle-stitched performance score is published for performance and study.
About the work:
Quiet, meditative and immensely satisfying to play, But I Want the Harmonica is based on a melodic series of gradually expanding diatonic intervals, set off against an unchanging pedal 'D'. This is one of the composer's most frequently-performed works, and is suitable for performance by pianists of medium to advanced ability.
The composer writes: 'When I was about 6 or 7 years old, the school librarian came into our class and spoke to us. She asked us which item we would choose if stranded in a boat by ourselves - a fishing rod, a cake, a harmonica or a book? Now it seems that most of the kids thought cake would be excellent (it was getting close to morning recess) but she rightly pointed out that a cake can only be eaten once, whereas a book can be read over and over. But I wanted the harmonica and was not astute enough at the time to point out to her that not only could the harmonica be played over and over but that you could make the tunes up yourself.
'I can't remember the librarian's name - but, if you're out there in the audience, this piece is dedicated to you.'
The work is suitable for pianists of medium ability, and is one of the composer's most-recorded works.
Selected review of the work:
'But I Want the Harmonica, shows a clean and simple power of expression... founded on great emotional impetus.'
Clive O'Connell, The Age