A Leaf

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the A Leaf CD Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Related interviews

"Standing" in the Shadow of Love

Sep 27, 1997 • From Billboard

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“A Leaf” is a classical piece written by Paul McCartney, with assistance from John Fraser, and performed by Anya Alexeyev on piano. The piece is split into 7 parts. 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.

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


  • “Andante Semplice” – 1:12
  • “Poco Piu Mosso” – 1:19
  • “Allegro Ritmico” – 1:51
  • “Andante” – 2:04
  • “Allegro Ma Non Tanto” – 1:15
  • “Moderato” – 1:18
  • “Adante Semplice (II)” – 0:54

Last updated on July 27, 2019

Officially appears on

A Leaf

CD Single • Released in 1995

Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

11:08 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Steve Rooke :
John Fraser :
Arranger, Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Jonathan Tunick :
Arne Akselberg :
Balance engineer
Paul Baily :
Caroline Haigh :

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


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Unofficial album

2:08 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 12, 1993

A Royal Performance

Unofficial live • Released in 1995

Live performances

“A Leaf” has been played in 5 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where A Leaf has been played

"Heart Strings" Benefit Concert

Sep 07, 2012 • USA • Pittsburgh • Heinz Hall

Washington • Library Of Congress • USA

Jun 01, 2010 • USA • Washington • Library Of Congress

An Evening With Paul McCartney & Friends - Royal College Of Music Benefit

Mar 23, 1995 • United Kingdom • London • St. James' Palace


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Jean-Jacques Massé 9 years ago

FIrst time on your site : it looks fabulous and extremely well documented.
While browsing, I find the "A Leaf" notice.
For me, the original version is the official single with the Alexeyev piano version : it's EMI, McCartney is written on it. It precedes the orchestral one & should be the reference (or at least be added).
Anyway, your job is incredible, I'll sure fall into it thoroughly some time.
As for me, I'm trying to collect and classify ALL covers of Beatle & solo tracks ever done.
From time to time...
See you soon.
Down in France

admin 9 years ago

Hi Jean-Jacques,
Many thanks for the kind words ; and for the detail on "A Leaf". I didn't know about this piano version, and will add it.

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