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Winter Keys

by Sue Aston

Haunting, evocative music for piano, strings and guitars, inspired by the landscape during the winter season. In a celtic/classical style with elements of prog rock.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. November Skies
3:50 $0.99
2. Remembrance
3:51 $0.99
3. January Song
3:35 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"The guitars lend an Opethian edge to November Skies. I like that Fripp-esque tone. It reminds me of the Still Life album by Opeth!
That modulation in Remembrance is nice and beautiful melodic dialogue between guitar and piano on January song.
It's a very atmospheric EP, for me it feels quite pastoral and evokes images of english, and scandinavian, countryside". Jack Williams

"I really enjoyed this new EP Winter Keys by Sue Aston. I think the guitar parts - are very beautiful additions to these evocative compositions. Sue Aston's musical triptych brilliantly captures the feel of those wintry months and days. I was very pleased and impressed". Steve H

Music Notes by Sue Aston
1. November Skies
This piece of music was inspired by the view from my window near to my piano.
There is farmland behind our house, and in the field is a telegraph wire, upon which birds
often sit. One afternoon, it occurred to me that the position of the birds on the wire
looked like music notes on a stave. I quickly took a photo, and used it to create
the opening motif which is played on the piano. From this, a whole piece of music emerged.

Piano, Keyboard and Strings – Sue Aston
Guitars – Dan Aston

2. Remembrance
This piece of music was written initially for piano solo, and my thoughts behind the
music were to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. Special times such as
Christmas and anniversaries, are often bitter sweet.

Piano, and Strings – Sue Aston
Electric Guitar – Phil Aston
Keyboards – Sue and Phil Aston

3. January Song
I composed this music one dark, January day while
I was sitting at the piano. It hardly ever snows in
Cornwall, and so I closed my eyes and imagined large,
fluffy snow flakes falling in a flurry on to the roof tops
of the granite cottages nearby.

Piano, Keyboards and Strings – Sue Aston
Guitars – Lee and Dan Aston

All music and artwork by Sue Aston

This EP forms part of my ‘Diary of a Coastal Composer’ project,
which is a multimedia diary and travelogue of my life in Cornwall.
The landscape, nature, and the myths and legends of this amazing place
inspire me to create music, art work, poetry, blogs, vlogs, videos and music shows.

‘Winter Keys’ was recorded at The Aston Lounge in Cornwall UK
Produced & Engineered by Phil Aston & Dan Aston
Final Mix by Dan Aston
Mastered by John Webber at AIR Studios

Enormous thanks to Phil, Dan and Lee for their amazing playing and input.

Thank you for your support and for being with me on my journey - Sue x

About Sue Aston
Composer and violinist Sue Aston has appeared on classical recordings, radio and television, both nationally and internationally, and worked with eminent musicians such as Simon Rattle, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Donohoe, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Charles Groves, Esa Pekka Salonen, Gordon Giltrap and Chris De Burgh. She has also supported the folk legends Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.
The BBC1 ‘Heaven and Earth Show’ presenter Simon Calder interviewed Sue about her composition work on one of their episodes about the Cornish landscape. Sue’s solo videos have been broadcast on the Sky TV music channel ‘OMusic’.

Discography : Sue has released three solo albums 'Sacred Landscapes' 'Inspirational Journey' and 'Between Worlds' and the DVD 'Reflections of Cornwall'. Sue is now working on a new project, 'The Musical Diary of a Coastal Composer'.

Sue Aston's Music has been described as 'Celtic music for the classically appreciative’ by Nigel Pengelly.

''Classical or Celtic music is not a specific style or sound to me, it is a creative desire to channel the natural landscape of Cornwall into the universal language of music".

''I use the Cornish landscape and nature to help compose my music. The stillness and background sounds of Cornwall weave through my music. Music can be the soundtrack of an ordinary day and an extraordinary day. The movies that play in our minds can conjure up their own soundtracks. Music can change the atmosphere of a room or a place or a frame of mind. Although I use folklore and legends and aspects of my own life to trigger each composition.The instrumental aspect of my work is written so that the listener can weave their own images and experiences into each piece.''

Sue Aston has also recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 documentary, 'Derek Tangye: The Cornish Gardener' where she was interviewed by John McCarthy about her work. She has also been interviewed by BBC Radio 3 about her interest in English composers who were also influenced by the landscape.



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