Mower Sonata for Piccolo and Piano


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Mower Sonata for Piccolo and Piano

Mower Sonata for Piccolo and Piano

Publisher-Itchy Finger Publications


Written in 2002, this piccolo sonata is comprised of 3 movements, lasting 16 minutes. A welcome addition to the repertoire of this often neglected instrument.


The commissioned piccolo and piano sonata, composed in 2002, unveils the true potential of the often underestimated piccolo. While the instrument is known for its piercing top register, this sonata showcases its charming woody tones in the bottom range and the commanding yet sweet qualities of the middle register. Incorporating jazz elements, the brisk first movement explores the piccolo’s agility and fluidity, transitioning into a jazzy groove section. Movement Two highlights the lower end of the instrument, with a piano solo featuring lush jazz harmonies. The last movement serves as a fast-paced showcase for both instruments, featuring spiky phrases and flowing passages. Stewart McIlwham’s masterful rendition, accompanied by Tim Carey on piano, captures the style, accuracy, groove, and beauty of this sonata.

Mike Mower

Mower is a composer, specialising in commissioned works. His music is published by Itchy Fingers Publications, where he has authored successful educational music books. He also arranges commercial music in a wide range of styles. Mower studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music and was later awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music).

Additionally, Mower plays saxophone and clarinet, leading his own jazz ensembles and performing his compositions from quartets to big bands.

In 1985, Mower established and led Itchy Fingers, a renowned jazz saxophone quartet that toured globally until disbanding in 1997. As a freelance musician, he has collaborated and recorded with diverse artists across jazz, rock, and classical genres, including Gil Evans, Tina Turner, Paul Weller, Björk, James Galway, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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