Suite for Elan
for Piano Solo (1980)
by Ron Hannah

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  1. Asleep
  2. At Play
  3. Lonely Princess
  4. Sparkling Laughter
  5. Swinging
  6. Chasing Butterflies

Duration: about 7 minutes

       This charming suite was begun within a few days of the birth of my first daughter in 1980, and movements




have been added from time to time since. It is a collection of short, descriptive essays on a father's perceptions of a new daughter, each one limited to not more than two pages in length. Oddly, a decent recording with a real pianist of the entire suite has never been made, though it has been
performed several times - even by myself at my own 70th birthday concert in Vienna. A computer-generated Logic Pro sound file is available for listening, however, by clicking on the button at left.

       I used to give away the full score, along with a request on every page of this extensive site that anyone who decides to perform my music let me know so that I can keep the site up-to-date. Thus far, as of April, 2017, Suite for Elan has been listened to 118 times and the full score downloaded 40 times, and no one has said a word. Surely SOMEONE has performed it? Thus, sadly, I now limit the download to the first page only. If you would like the full score, please visit the Canadian Music Centre, or send me an email (below).

       In keeping with time-honoured tradition, I have stolen from myself in the course of this work, and in others as well. In fact I have re-used the "Lonely Princess" theme (3rd movement of this suite) not once, not twice, but thrice (and I may not yet be finished). That section first appeared in my children's ballet, Aladdin, of a year earlier. The Princess's theme so charmed me that I arranged it for flute and guitar (in which form it eventually became the processional for my wedding to Andrea Mellis many years later). You can hear that version if you click here. Most recently it has been cast for recorder quartet and harpsichord, and in this form it was premièred in Colchester, England in 2016. It can be heard at the Colchester New Music site (along with another pieces of mine called "5-Part re-Invention").

       I felt guilty after my second daughter was born for not writing something for her also. But all parents know that the second, and later, children get the short end of the stick. At last however, I have corrected that lapse and have (in 2013) written Dances for Camille, a suite for two pianos. All is now right with the world!


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