Original Music from 1983

When I was 16 and taking piano lessons, my teacher Mrs. Thompson held periodic workshops where 6 or 8 students would get together, explore topics, and share compositions. I had handwritten several in a notebook (of course!), submitted them for grading, and performed them in the workshop (with the exception of the last one).

Here they are, as usual typeset using GNU LilyPond. First, a PDF of the lot:

(1) Spring Birds, my first composition, actually named in 2011 because I hadn’t named it before and that’s what it sounds like to me. I used a simple ottavation notation that I find pleasing. I also left out voice rests that I think unnecessarily complicate the simple score. People seem to find this challenging, or perhaps unworthy of even trying. 🙂

(2) Invention, a short, fast, staccatto minor piece.

(3) Vivace, a terribly short couple lines that is the least of them.

(4) May Daze, with the name arbitrarily stolen from an event at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center. In these piece we were to demonstrate key changes as well as a theme that repeated in different voices.

Warning: some of the tied chords don’t play as tied in the MIDI.

(5) Goldfish Rock, the best one I think. The syncopated rhythm is hard for people to grasp at first. At least, so said Mrs. Thompson but she gave it an “A”.

(6) Commodore. This sixth piece was inspired by a two-voice tune that I heard playing on a demo of an 8-bit computer in a computer store in the Lehigh Valley. It may have been a Commodore VIC-20 or possibly a Sinclair ZX81. Please let me know if you can identify it (which would only be possible if I hadn’t scrambled it in my head).

Thank you for trying these pieces and let me know if you like them!

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