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Music 363: A Hitherto Missing Variation on a Haydn Minuet

Hi Everyone

I posted a piano sonata the other day and said it would probably be the last bit of music for the year. Not so! With this blog winding up in a couple of days (at least this stage of it) I’m having a tidy-up. So this little piano piece should be the last of the music. It really is me just being a bit silly.

The Haydn Minuet is from the second movement of a Haydn Piano Sonata in E minor (I’ve changed the key in this arrangement). And the variation uses a scale by the 20th century German/American composer Arnold Schoenberg. Some enterprising teacher might use it to illustrate some of the differences between music of the Classical era, and music of the mid-20th century.

It is quite short. Thanks.

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Music 338: C.P.E. Bach meets Schoenberg

In this piece of music I have taken the rhythm of a C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) sonata movement, and applied the type of serial scale that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) could have used. The result is… interesting! There are snippets of the Bach unchanged. The piece ends with the playing of the Schoenberg-like serial scale employed in the piece and C.P.E. Bach’s scale of C minor which he used.

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Music 30: Roosters

© Bruce Goodman 29 April 2015


You’ve no idea how tricky it was to get these roosters to stand in a straight line!

What breeds? The nearest two are Faverolles, and the third is a Campine. I knew you’d be interested!!

The music is “a silly little piece” based on a “series” of pre-selected notes.

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Music 9: Cheers


Today’s little piece is a bit indolent. I often like to write “serial music”, that is (for those who know) in 12-tone rows, etc. If you don’t know what that is, it doesn’t matter. (Just take it that I’m a bit of a snob!)

I asked a couple of friends to give me 12 notes each, and this is the piece I wrote using those notes. It’s probably not everyones cup of tea!

However, here’s a toast – for this week I begin to collect the pension!


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