Composition for Player Piano


Continuing with the theme of recurring patterns, our assignment for week four was to write a 32-bar composition. Since I didn’t have much time, I started from a proven harmonic sequence (probably the most proven in history, can you tell?), and a simple motif, and made two interlacing voices varying on it.

Here it is, played by a clavier-like synth:

…which I wouldn’t say is of extreme beauty, but I think works better than this version, played by the (oh-so-cool) player piano at NYU’s Music Technology program’s studio. Note to self: next time, add velocity variation to that MIDI file!


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