Excerpts from the collection “From a Diary of a Child”
30 Short Children Pieces for Piano Solo (2007).
The life of a child reveals and hides inside images and
sentiments, sounds and experiences, questions and
concerns. Parts of a world lost forever but treasured
in the adult soul.
From “First Day, First Page” of the diary and Sunday’s
“Joybells” to the “Bittersweet” morning dances and the
“Calm” of a “Sunny Afternoon”, from “A Sudden Absence”
and a “Strange Question” to the “Loneliness” and
“Dream”, from the imaginary “Indian Dance” to the
“Walkin’” on “a Rainy Day” and from “March of the
Goose” to the “Flowers’ Waltz”, “Lullaby” and “Farewell
Song”, these “Diary of a Child” pages unfold the thread
of a very well known memory, a memory of us all.
These 30 short piano pieces were composed between 2003
and 2007. Some of them are compositions of inspired
children, composer’s pupils, like Orsaki Roussetou and
This collection is dedicated to all composer’s pupils
and especially toy Nikos Karidis, the grown up “child”
who gave me the opportunity to write most of the pieces
presented. The work was recorded by Dimitra Mane on cd
for the upcoming edition of the score by "Geitonas
School". The artist performed parts of the work in
composer's personal Portrait organized by "Greek
Composers Union" at "Hellenic Conservatory" in Maroussi
in 2010 and the whole collection at "Mikros Horos
Tehnis" (Little Hall of Arts) in Glyfada, Attiki, in
2015. Parts of the work had been performed also by
Eleni Papaspyrou students, from Herakleion Music
School, in "Theatrical Station", Herakleion, Crete and
at "Lillian Voudouri" Library Hall in Athens Concert
Hall in 2015.