Melanie Spanswick enjoys writing music, often composing for friends and colleagues, as well as penning educational music for students. She is one of the few female composers to be published in the renowned Edition Schott Composer Series.
Her music has been frequently performed in the Far East; at the Shiga Bank Piano Festival, and at a ‘livestream’ concert held at the Watsuki Hall, both in Kyoto, Japan, and it was also featured in the Chamber Music Series at Toppan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
European performances include the Montecatini Piano Festival in Italy, and in the UK as part of Piano Week. It has been recorded for the Steinway ‘Spirio’ piano, and, during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the piano pieces Aisa: Sand, Silk & Love and Heiwa were both broadcast live on Radio-Berograd and on RTS, Serbian National Television, played by Japanese pianist Aisa Ijiri.
Melanie’s educational piano music has been featured in piano festivals, international piano competitions, and music examination board syllabuses. The duet ‘Celebration’ (from Snapchats duets and trios; 80 Days Publishing) has been selected by the RSL Classical Graded Music Examination Board for inclusion in the ‘Debut’ level of their new Classical piano syllabus (2021), and Dancing Through The Daffodils (from No Words Necessary: Schott) is on the Grade 6 syllabus for the London College of Music piano exam syllabus (2021 – 2024). Four piano pieces currently appear on the syllabus of the International Performing and Visual Arts Examination Board, which is based in the Far East. She has recently written, complied and annotated the complete 2021 – 2024 piano syllabus for the London College of Music’s pre-Grade one exams (Pre-Prep, Step 1 and Step 2).
Melanie was one of ten featured female composers in Pianist Magazine’s ’10 Women Composers You Have To Know’. Her piano music is highlighted in a digital anthology, published by Pianist Magazine, Play Women Composers, and she is currently writing a regular elementary piano music series for Pianist Magazine.
During 2022, the Shamanic Mass for flute and piano will be performed and recorded by it’s dedicatee, flautist Sami Junnonen, at the Gala concert of the Art Town Flute Academy in Helsinki. The piano work, Enigma, written for pianist Yuki Negishi, will feature on Negishi’s latest recording entitled ‘Enigma’ (Quartz Records), and a new piece for wind quartet, Dichotomy, will also be recorded by the London Myriad Ensemble.
Melanie’s piano piece, Chasm from Simply Driven (Schott), played by pianist Maiko Mori, has been recently used as the soundtrack for a promotional recording for the Curation Hotel Association BABID in Japan, featuring in both their online and TV campaigns.
You can find out more about her publications, here.
A Cinematic Suite (2018)
A four-movement suite for chamber orchestra. Lasting approximately 15 minutes, this work features minimalism with chromatic twists and turns.
Gratitude for Wind Sextet (2020)
A short piece written for the London Myriad Ensemble as part of their ‘remote recordings’ project for the lockdown period during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vortex for Piano Quintet (2019)
A one-movement piece for two violins, viola, ‘cello and piano. This piece piece written for the Solomon Piano Quintet, and was performed in January 2020 at Toppan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Trance for Piano Trio (2019)
A one-movement work for piano, violin and ‘cello. First performed in July 2019, by the dedicatees, Warren Mailley-Smith, Harriet McKenzie, and Tim Lowe at St. James Church, Piccadilly, as part of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series.
Chakra Suite for Clarinet and Piano (2020)
Written in July 2020, the Chakra Suite contains seven movements, one for each chakra, with each representing the character of the particular chakra; from the bright solidity of the Root Chakra, and the pulsating heart-beat of the Heart Chakra, through to the frenetic ‘chatty’ quality of the Throat Chakra, and the finality and defiance of the Crown Chakra. I hope the music offers a brief snap-shot of this fascinating, ancient energy system.
Each movement is named after its Sanskrit title. The Suite is dedicated to clarinettist Nadia Barbosa and pianist Yuki Negishi, and you can hear them play each movement, complete with Nadia’s introduction to each piece, by clicking on the following playlist.
Simply Driven: 5 Virtuoso Pieces (2020)
Five advanced to virtuoso pieces, written for four female pianists; Aisa Ijiri, Yuki Negishi, Maiko Mori and Madalina Rusu. In this selection there are two etudes, two power ballades and a theme with a set of variations. Entitled Frenzy, Aisa, Sand, Silk & Love, Enigma, Chasm and Time, this volume was published by Schott Music in March 2020. Find out more, here.
‘Heiwa’ (peace) was written during lockdown. It was written for pianist Aisa Ijiri, who toured with the pieces during 2021, performing it in Italy, Serbia and Japan, as well as the UK. The folowing performance was recorded at the Plazzo Tornabuoni in Florence, Italy in November 2021.
No Words Necessary (2018)
A collection of twelve pieces for the intermediate player (aprroximately Grade 3 – 6). No Words Necessary has been published by Schott Music, and you can hear three works from this selection below. Find out more, here,
Piano Waves (2016)
A collection of five intermediate pieces (for students from Grade 4 – 6), which have been influenced by the sea. Find out more, here. Published by EVC Music in 2016.
A further collection of intermediate pieces (for Grades 4 – 6). These pieces are heavily influenced by minimalism, and they were my first collection. Find out more, here. Published by EVC Music in 2015.
Piano Duets & Trios
A String of Pearls (2019)
A String of Pearls was published in July 2019. It’s a suite for piano duet which was originally composed for the Darina Piano Duo. Containing five short movements, each one depicting a different pearl. You can hear each movement played by pianists Samantha Ward and Maciej Raginia by clicking on the link below. Find out more, here.
Snapchats: duets & trios (2016/2019)
Snapchats duets & trios were originally published in 2016 as a volume of duets. They were re-published last year by 80 Days Publishing. The volume contains 23 little pieces: nineteen duets (4 hands at one keyboard) and four trios (6 hands at one keyboard). Intended for late beginner students to around Grade 4 level, they are very short and succinct, lasting from 8 – 16 bars. Find out more, here.