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

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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 April 15th, 2015

Officially appears on

Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

11:08 • Classical version

Live performances

“A Leaf” has been played in 1 soundchecks.


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Jean-Jacques Massé

Mar 30, 2015 / 2pm

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


Apr 01, 2015 / 5am

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.