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A simple song

For Solo (instrumental or vocal part)


Uploaded on Aug 24, 2018

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Pages 1
Duration 01:03
Measures 18
Key signature 2 sharps
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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So much poetry in that short minute long work. I truly enjoyed how that turned out. :)
Beautiful, Hans. Do you have a back story for this composition? I recognized the quotation in the last four measures, but I am probably missing other connections. I would love to have your music theory background. You create so many unexpected, yet gorgeous chords and musical lines. I love it!
Thank you so much. There are actually two quotations. The end of the West Side Story, as you already have noticed, and A simple song from Mass (first two bars). This piece is an extrapolation of this opening statement of A simple song. The melody is a 'simple' descending line, the chords go like I-III (that's the classical notation I'm used to). In my version I alter the 5th note of the III: c# becomes d#. I know it's a little bit tricky, because I have to avoid that the simple song becomes a complex song (Bernstein's original is strikingly beautiful). And so it goes on: some chord progressions go by a third, the descending line sometimes becomes an ascending line, the ascending line becomes a base line (from bar 7 on), lines are used as counterpoint (from bar 10 on). There is some irony in the word simple. For example, bar 10 is simply a c major chord, which - because of everything that precedes it - isn't notated in a simple way, shame on me. And then there is the genre to which this piece somewhat belongs. Bernstein composed many anniversaries. This piece has the similar idea.

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