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979-0-57036-265-3 Papillon Postcards – Three postcards Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£5.95)
979-0-57036-041-3 Pianthology – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£15.00)


Part of the Pianthology collection

Pianthology is a new collection of seven contemporary piano works by living composers which includes a recording of each of the works performed by Nicky Losseff, the volume's editor.
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The pianist Kate Dixon commissioned these three little pieces for an ambitious Postcard Project she devised for the European Piano Teachers conference held at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2005.  All pieces were to be issued on A5-sized postcards.  For these three the pianist would be invited to imagine sending home pictures of butterflies seen on the French side of the Pyrenees – butterflies I myself had seen while camping there in the 1980s.  They may be performed in any order, or singly.

Gavarnie :  a smallish, gentle, dark brown butterfly, bronze-tinted, with beady ringlet eyes on each wing.

Manto ringlet :  higher up in the Pyrenees, a small, very dark brown butterfly, blown hither and thither by the wind before coming to rest on a bush.

Mountain small white :  a beautiful, delicately-shaped butterfly, white with a touch of gold, engaging in elegant, airy flutterings in a warm wind.

Also available as part of the solo piano volume Pianthology and on Tido Music as a resource and interactive learning tool.


2 minutes

Kate Dixon, EPTA Conference, Manchester, September 2005

1 Piano
Composition date


Travelling with Time (PFCD041) Various 23rd October 2015
Piano Music by Anthony Gilbert Richard Casey, Ian Buckle 15th October 2012 Prima Facie Label (PFCD007)
Pianthology Nicola Losseff (piano) 8th May 2008 NMCD181


8 May 2008

York Spring Festival of New Music, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

Nicky Losseff and pianists from the Music Department