Our 9th Annual Toy Piano Festival!


Come join us for a PROGRAM OF MUSIC for September 5, 2009, 2:00 p.m., UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Here in San Diego, toy pianos are celebrated with great fanfare in the month of September (because John Cage’s birthday is September 5!!) at UCSD’s Geisel Library. It is there that Scott Paulson and his colleagues at the UCSD Arts Library host an annual toy piano festival. Composers visit the Library and pick a specific toy piano from the collection, and a piece is written specially for that instrument. Some toy pianos only have nine notes, some three octaves—so each piece has its own special charm and special limitations.

The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, recordings, extant literature and commissioned scores. In 2001, because of our Toy Piano Collection’s activities, the Library of Congress issued a special call number and subject heading for Toy Piano Scores: M 175 T69

UCSD has a history with toy pianos that pre-dates the annual toy piano festival. Composer Robert Erickson, a founder of UCSD’s Music Department wrote a piece for toy pianos and bells that was premiered on California’s PBS television stations in 1966, just months before Erickson’s arrival at UCSD.


Come join us for a PROGRAM OF MUSIC for September 5, 2009, 2:00 p.m., UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Fanfare for Toy Piano S. Paulson

Bernd Wiesemann, 1938-

Selections from his Petite suite : (1987) : für Kinderspielklavier (Toy Piano) oder anderes Tasteninstrument

Piece for Bubble Wrap & Toy Piano S. Paulson

Mrs. Amy Beach: Gavotte & Waltz

Phillip Glass Tribute

Sonata for Toy Piano Ryoko Amadee Goguen

Happy Ragtime Tune Ryoko Amadee Goguen

John Cage: Selections from his Suite for Toy Piano

Also that day, a new toy piano piece written by Matt Swagler, a recent graduate of UCSD…and a survey of some of the favorite toy piano works we’ve premiered from UCSD students over the last several years…

Potential encore? a song from The Cat in the Hat Songbook!
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