Richard Willmer

I am a pianist and one time recorder player and I have some experience with the violin.

I began composing even before I knew anything about composition and actually made a real composer smile at my efforts. None of these early works survive.

As time went on and I changed from the contralto recorder to the piano, and began studying harmony and counterpoint, I took up composition in a more serious manner. I wrote several original works for the piano, as well as some arrangements of folk and popular songs. these survived and will be published shortly.

I gave up composition because at the time, the early 90s, it seemed to me there was no place for my style of music. It was only two or three years ago that I began listening to contemporary music that is actually pleasant to hear. That was the moment I said to myself, "but I was writing music like that!"

My daughter's learning of the violin at a prestigious music school also helped. I began again to compose, arranging and composing music that she and I could play together. The first fruit of this new phase was the sonata for violin and piano in D major, which has now been published.

Having recently learnt how to use computer programmes to "engrave" music, I have revised most of my oeuvre and have written new pieces, some educational, for violin and piano, and other works of greater complexity.

I hope you enjoy my site.


Sheet Music



30 Jun 2020
YouTube Video
Yesterday I uploaded a video with the second of my Three Pieces for Flute and Harp op 26. I hope you enjoy it! If you liked it, you can find the sheet music here:
30 Jun 2020
Recording of Elegia d'Autunno (Autumn Elegy)
On 18 September 2018 a fine recording of my Elegia d'Autunno Op 2/2 by the Munich-based pianist Anna Sutyagina was released on YouTube. You may watch it here: Richard Willmer - Elegia d'Autunno. Anna Sutyagina, pianist The sheet music is available at:
30 Jun 2020
La Catedral
The other day I was practising the Allegro Solenne from my transcription of Barrios' La Catedral at a well.known music school when a gentleman entered the room. After excusing himself for interrupting he told me that he knew the piece but that it was originally for the guitar (he knew because he played the guitar himself) and he was interested in knowing who had transcribed it for the piano. He commented that guitarists are always accused of pinching piano pieces (Albéniz and Granados), so it was nice ...