Just a place to upload some of my composing work.  Most of my recent composition time has be dedicated to writing the music for the daughter’s upcoming wedding.  This has been a lot of work but has been very rewarding. All music on this site is licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.

Kerry It Was You
A little song I wrote for my sweetheart. Hope you like it.

Special thanks to:
Fred Smith – Guitar and vocals :
Junior Riggan – Bass
Maria Grigoryeva – Violin –

Darwin’s Dilemma
A new piece for clarinet, flute and string quartet. Written in honour of our new puppy Darwin (named after the great man himself). I seems fitting as they do share a common ancestor.  🙂


Good Without A God
My song in support of positive atheism.

You can find the Lyrics here:

Just Think
Here’s a link to the video presentation of the song for the 2013 World Religions Conference:

Just Think   By Peter Kanold
How can we know the things we know are true
Where can we go to find the path to truth
How can we test our ideology

Let your reason be your strength and guide
Follow the facts and evidence you find
Don’t be afraid to
Follow the way to
Anywhere it may lead

Find the joy of thinking critically
Know your bias learn your fallacies
It’s ok to change what you believe

If you find you’re feeling insecure
Know it’s ok to not know things for sure
When you seek guidance
Look to the science
there you will find the key

Just think scientifically
Replace your doubt – with curiosity

In this life we’re easily led astray
Our minds get lost in all the shades of grey
If troubles besiege you
reason can lead you
to finding a better way

Just think for yourself
Don’t just take – the word of someone else

Beware the ones who try to sell their version of the truth
Who proffer easy answers but can offer you no proof
Like Socrates and Sagan it’s time to take a stand
and be a better woman and be a better man

Just think if our thoughts were free
Just think how this world could be
Just think

Addisyn’s Lullaby
I composed this music box lullaby for my first granddaughter Addisyn on the day she was born.

The  Little Winter Waltz
The first of four pieces, one for each season. You can hear all four pieces on my sondcloud page:

Original Wedding Music

The Metcalfe String Quartets
This is the wedding music I composed for from my daughter’s wedding ceremony. The prelude music was the four Metcalfe String Quartets for two Violins, Viola and Cello. Although I had only completed three in time for the wedding, I have included all four here. These are still a work in progress and these may not be the final versions. The Metcalfe Quartets were played during the seating of the guests:

– The second movement of Quartet No. 1 was reworked after a scolding for using the key of F#. Apparently not the favorite key for string players. I reworked the motif to the key of G which required development of a new transition section before the final recapitulation.

The quartets were updated to more recent versions December 2010.

Quartet No 3 was played at the 2011 KW Symphony Music Marathon. The link is:

Passacaglia for a Summer’s Day
The bridal party march for the brides maids was my composition Passacaglia for a Summer’s Day – for Strings, Oboe, Flute and Celesta:
The Bridal Party Processional -Passacaglia for a Summer’s Day:

The Andante Wedding March
The bridal march was composed with larger instrumentation. As the bridal march is the musical cornerstone of a wedding, I wanted the piece to stand out musically in the program. It starts with horns to bring the guests attention to the arrival of the bride and gradually builds with the brides arrival at the alter. The piece is call The Andante Wedding March – for Trumpets, French Horn, Strings, Oboes and Bassoon:
The Bridal Processional -The Andante Wedding March

You’re the One
I had written a vocal piece, You’re The One, which my younger daughter sang accompanied by my son on guitar. However I do not have a version with them performing it at this time, but I may up load it when I can corral them into recording the tracks. Here are the lyrics:

You’re the One – Words & Music by Peter Kanold
It started with a touch
A touch became a kiss
That blossomed into love
and lead us both to this
Beside the ones we love
This special place, this special day
As we fulfill our vows
They see us on our way
I’m so glad I found you
I know you’re the one
I’ll build my world around you
through the years to come
Two simple bands of gold
Something borrowed
Something blue
You’re forever joined to me
I’m forever joined to you
I make you mine
Until the world is done
and I’ll be yours,
forever more
I know you’re the one
Two simple bands of gold
Something borrowed
Something blue
You’re forever joined to me
I’m forever joined to you

The Intermezzo Waltz
For the registry signing of the ceremony, I composed a string piece for the waiting guests called the Intermezzo Waltz. It starts and finishes with a theme that musically represents waiting. The center section reflects the daydream that usually interrupts any extended period of time waiting:
The Registry Signing Interlude  – The Intermezzo Waltz:

Giocando Scherzotina
The final piece is the wedding recessional, Giocando Scherzotina – for Strings, two Flutes and Bassoon. This is meant to be the happiest section of music in the ceremony reflecting the happiness of the wedding day and the completion of the marriage ceremony:
The Wedding Recessional – Giocando Scherzotina: