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There is something of the aura of Cyril Scott's characteristic pieces for piano in the piano pieces such as A Water Colour [listen -- track 1, 0:00-0:54] and Nocturne [listen -- track 2, 0:00-0:55]. In 1930 she sent her Four Musical Sketches for piano to Grainger and he encouraged her to orchestrate the last one, Down Longford Way. His enthusiasm for this piece is understandable, as its concluding pages are redolent of Grainger's own music [listen -- track 12, 1:42-2:23]. This piece represented their only collaboration, as Grainger orchestrated it in 1935. He had tried to encourage Parker to orchestrate the piece herself but she wrote back to him that she had 'made so many mistakes that I couldn't send it to you ...'

Her charming ballet waltz Arc en ciel is one of the latest pieces on the disc, dating from 1936 and the undated Brushing up the leaves is a lovely rag [listen -- track 16, 0:00-0:22].

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