Music 349: Waltz (for bassoon and piano)

Here is a piece for piano and bassoon – again, played on the computer – so it won’t be as exciting as in the real! It is a waltz.

It’s really the fourth of four woodwind pieces of a set on this blog (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon), although I have a fairly definite suspicion that they’ll never get played! However, I enjoyed writing them!

The wrong notes are intentional! I like wrong notes. When I was learning the piano I had wrong notes all over the place. Just play them without being a fuss-pot and they’ll sound better than good. A lot of my music has bum notes in it to teach purists a jolly good lesson!

This will be the last bit of music I’ll post for a while as they’re not the most popular things I post. However I will continue to potter with music in the lurking depths of secrecy. As a teacher told me, maybe 60 years ago, “Write for the waste paper bin. Write for the waste paper bin every day.” I’ve never quite got out of the habit of throwing things away.

Have a nice day!

Thanks
Bruce

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32 thoughts on “Music 349: Waltz (for bassoon and piano)

    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement, Herb. I have a terrible inferiority complex when it comes to composing music. I think it’s because I was the only one in my music group at university who didn’t major in composition. As far as I know they have all disappeared into nothingness – so imagine where that leaves me!

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  1. dumbestblogger

    I feel there is a deep philosophical problem inherent in your post, because if the wrong notes are intentional it seems that they are actually right notes…. Writing for the waste paper bin is fantastic advice, although I don’t feel that it is particularly applicable to this music, which I feel would do just fine in a much grander setting, like a music stand or something.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks for your encouragement too! I understand the wrong notes/right notes delemna (can’t spell that word either and have turned the spell checker off because it only takes American!) I would hope that the piece wouldn’t be too weighty for a music stand.

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                  1. Herb

                    In the whole pen versus pencil question, we need to remember the somber words of the great Stan Laurel, “You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be led.”

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    1. Bruce Post author

      You always hear things right Max! – it comes from a lifetime of listening! But without rabbits what the hell are you going to have for dinner tonight?

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      1. badfinger20

        But Bruce we cannot live on Rabbit alone.

        Don’t stop posting these Bruce. I really like them. My son who is studying film in school has heard a few and he asked me….Would he write something if I make an Indie movie? I said yea…I’m Bruces agent…we want a lot of money…up front.

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        1. Bruce Post author

          You’re very welcome to be my agent – there’s 70 yrs of stuff waiting to be promoted! And I’m willing to give you – up front – every penny I’ve ever made in the Arts. I’ve only ever done music for a film once before. It was set in a forest – and I had forgotten I was meant to do it, so I said “hold a minute” and went and found this kid at school and I said “It’s set in the forest so just flutter around on your flute in G minor like you’re a bird. I sort of made bumps and scrapes on the piano while that was going on. The film maker was thrilled!

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          1. badfinger20

            I’ve read some about movie composing and I’ve sat down with a unseen movie with the sound down and tried my hand at it. It’s not the easist thing to do…that is because I’m stuck with just a guitar…keyboards are a must…but I came up with a few songs that way.

            Maybe you can be my agent…we will be each other’s agent!

            You made the film maker happy and that is what matters! When you can make a person think of certain things while listening to an instrumental piece you have done well.

            I think of instrumental pieces like I do of pantomine. Like Chaplin or someone who has to get an idea across without words/lyrics. I wasn’t blessed with that.

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            1. Bruce Post author

              I THINK I was short listed to do the music for Lord of the Rings – I sent a tape in but I had few electronic resources. This is when Peter Jackson was sort of just starting out and was a bit of a nobody (sort of) like I was! In the end, I don’t think greatly of the Lord of the Rings music – and esp. that song by Enya.

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              1. badfinger20

                That would have been a cool gig Bruce. You would have had a butler blogging for you now maybe!
                I know the one you are talking about. To me…the over all sound of that paticular song was like Celine Dion from the Titantic. They shaped it that way anyway…or maybe it’s just me.

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                1. Bruce Post author

                  That may be why I didn’t like the Enya! I never thought of the Titanic connection. On a chatty note – I took my mother to see Titanic and all she said was “You’d think with all that money they would have done some research”. Our Uncle Herbert was Charles (Herbert) Lightoller – the highest in command saved off the Titanic. See! I’m famous!!!!

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                  1. badfinger20

                    You are famous! She was right when she said that. When I was a kid I read about the Titanic a lot…all I could get my hands on.

                    Yes you are Bruce! Didn’t he fill the life boats? I also remember something about the binoculars. That is a cool that you have a family member who was on it…and survived.

                    Well that is just me on the Titanic music…but it seemed to me they wanted to get close to it. I won’t say copy…but at least in that style.

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            2. Bruce Post author

              Further to what you say Max- the last music class I took (for 15 year olds) had no concept of music evoking pictures without words! I said “This is about water in a river tumbling over rocks”, and they could NOT make the connection without words or video. It was a bit scary – or am I getting old?

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              1. badfinger20

                I believe you can paint a picture with music…from meadows to waterfalls…and of course emotions from sorror to happiness.
                If I don’t get a picture from it…it failed for me…or at least a mood.
                No Bruce…as they say…youth is wasted on the young. Imagination is in short supply.

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