Curt Siffert's Piano Musings



Piano Improvisations by Curt Siffert - unless otherwise noted, all pieces are made up on the spot starting when the record button is pressed. These pieces are more about exploring the creative process than about producing finished, polished works. However, some material will undoubtedly be reworked into finished pieces for future projects. All pieces released under a Creative Commons license - by-nc-sa 3.0. In other words, they are not to be used for commercial purposes, but can be used/adapted for other noncommercial works. All require attribution. Share and enjoy. Visit for more music.


  • Stalactites and Stalagmites (7/19/07 #4)

    19/03/2011 Duração: 02min

    The scaffolding from where treasures are stored and later forgotten.

  • Her Worry Dolls (7/19/07 #3)

    12/02/2010 Duração: 02min

    She got them in Guatemala, and kept them next to her matryoshka dolls. At night, the worry dolls would dance and try to offer comfort to their counterparts.

  • Swamp and Sand (7/19/07 #2)

    06/02/2010 Duração: 03min

    Think of the opposite of erosion. Sand and swamp, to soil, rock, and clay, and finally vegetation and peaceful structure.

  • Empty Sanctuary (7/19/07 #1)

    23/06/2009 Duração: 03min

    That church is always humming to itself a bit. It comes from deep inside the walls. But you can only really hear it after the congregants all leave.

  • Last Message (5/26/07 #2)

    10/06/2009 Duração: 04min

    It was a young planet, taken too quickly.

  • Ignorant Meadow (5/26/07 #1)

    02/06/2009 Duração: 02min

    Something horrible happened the night before. Can the meadow not acknowledge that? Sometimes when morning breaks, there is a rudeness to the peace.

  • After The Rain (4/12/07 #2)

    31/01/2009 Duração: 03min

    The rush of the storm has passed. The only things that got washed away were those things you can do without.

  • Tie Down For The Storm (4/12/07 #1)

    25/01/2009 Duração: 01min

    Some kind of storm is coming. You have to tie down everything that is loose. Because you don't know what will happen. Something. Might as well tie yourself down, too. Then just wait.

  • Unbond (3/22/07 #2)

    24/04/2008 Duração: 03min

    Sometimes we get pulled apart slowly. We might not notice it at first.

  • Kingdom (3/22/07 #1)

    30/03/2008 Duração: 03min

    The kingdom was mighty. Great gates, wide courtyards, and deadly intrigue... but falling into disrepair.

  • Junkyard Robot (3/17/07 #2)

    05/03/2008 Duração: 01min

    Rusted metal and twisted gears, but still kinda cheery - he limps around the junkyard helping other contraptions to better themselves.

  • Broken Frost (3/17/07 #1)

    01/03/2008 Duração: 02min

    A dark bird is flying, testing the cold air just before spring. Some life might emerge from the still-frozen ground, but it might be too early to survive.

  • Glass and Steel (3/7/07)

    28/02/2008 Duração: 03min

    There is a stillness after destruction that is peaceful and stunning.

  • Metal Knotted (2/28/07)

    24/11/2007 Duração: 02min

    Start with a loose tangle. Find two ends, and start pulling them in opposite directions. Make them want different things. Force through the tangle, fight against it. Turn it into a knot, make it harder, as hard as metal. Then remember, how could metal ever become a knot? To untangle, remember where it started. With softness.

  • Dancing About Architecture (2/8/07)

    31/10/2007 Duração: 02min

    It's a strange structure, new. She moves around it tentatively, slowly assembling the pieces in her understanding and movements. It's a careful embrace, but ultimately whole and secure.

  • Baby Naiad (1/5/07 #4)

    10/10/2007 Duração: 01min

    She's there to protect the spring and the lake. She moves smoothly, gracefully, arranges the moss and lilypads just so, makes sure the moonlight glints at the right angle, keeps the water clear. The problem is, she got knocked up. And her daughter, who just hit the terrible twos, is running around trying to "help".

  • Matchbox Traffic (1/5/07 #3)

    02/10/2007 Duração: 02min

    I'm trying to drive this car, but it doesn't steer, it has no brakes, and the doors don't even open. There are wrecks all around me, cars and trucks turned upside-down, but none of them appear damaged. The traffic rules don't make any sense. And just when I think I'm getting somewhere, this giant toddler reaches down and grabs me.

  • Old Meadow (1/5/07 #2)

    29/09/2007 Duração: 02min

    It had a good run, but it'll probably turn into a swamp soon.

  • Choir Rehearsal (1/5/07 #1)

    26/09/2007 Duração: 02min

    It's Monday night. Sunday's service went well. But it's halfway through rehearsal, the break was too short, shoulders are slumped, people are leaning back in their chairs. The sopranos are giggling about something unholy. Time to focus for one more runthrough.

  • Lost Village (12/7/06)

    22/09/2007 Duração: 01min

    We had to hack through the brush to get there. It wasn't mist that hid it, just miles of desolation and occasional thickets.

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