Bats in the Belfry

Class: Original Piano Solo

Published: 1935.

Comment: A piece described as being based on a theme by Austen Croom-Johnson. One assumes that this refers to the opening highly rhythmic figure with a recurring triplet, not easy to bring off with total precision. The two contrasting sections are more syncopated in style and blend perfectly: one would never know that they weren't all by the same composer.

This and its companion piece, Green Tulips, were recorded by Billy and Croom-Johnson as a piano-harpsichord duo. Billy liked the harpsichord, claiming that it was very suited to his brand of syncopation.

Click here for an mp3 clip from this piece played by Christopher Duckett.

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