A Leaf

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"A Leaf"
A Leaf (Paul McCartney album - cover art).jpg
Single by Paul McCartney and Anya Alexeyev
Released21 April 1995
FormatCD single
Recorded23 March 1995
GenreClassical
LabelEMI Classics (CD LEAF I/7243 8 82176 2 0)
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Transpiritual Stomp"
(1993)
"A Leaf"
(1995)
"Come Together"
(1995)

A Leaf is a classical piece written by Paul McCartney, with assistance from John Fraser,[1] and performed by Anya Alexeyev[2] on piano.[3] The piece is split into 7 parts.[4] The piece was recorded live in front of Prince Charles as part of the "An Evening with Paul McCartney & Friends" concert on 23 March 1995 at Royal College of Music, while it was debuted on US radio as part of a radio special, titled Classical McCartney.[2]

An attempted orchestrated version was recorded on 23 July 1996, at AIR Studios, in London.[5] An extended version, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, appears on McCartney's 1999 album, Working Classical.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Andante Semplice" – 1:12
  2. "Poco Piu Mosso" – 1:19
  3. "Allegro Ritmico" – 1:51
  4. "Andante" – 2:04
  5. "Allegro Ma Non Tanto" – 1:15
  6. "Moderato" – 1:18
  7. "Andante Semplice (II)" – 0:54

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles As Musicians:Revolver Through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. p. 283. ISBN 9780199880935.
  2. ^ a b Borzillo, Carrie (30 September 1995). "Classical, Motown Specials On Tap – McCartney Shows His Non-Rock Roots With 'Leaf'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 94.
  3. ^ Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. p. 368. ISBN 9780199880935.
  4. ^ Hinson, Maurice (2000). Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire (3rd ed.). Bloomington [Ind.]: Indiana University Press. p. 508. ISBN 9780253109088.
  5. ^ "The McCartney Recording Sessions - 1996". Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 28 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Calkin, Graham. "Working Classical". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2013.