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For Ensemble (Kram)
||The one musing reset for instrumental ensemble (clarinet, alto saxophone, whistling, bassoon, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tuba, wine glasses, acoustic guitar, piano, clavinet, celesta, cello, double bass)
||Electronic Musings (on J.S. Bach's Preludes from Well Tempered Clavier Book 1)
- Oy Veh Maria (Prelude No.1 in C major)
- Tick Tock (Prelude No.2 in C minor)
- So Many Sharps, So Little Time (Prelude No.3 in C♯ major)
- Cat and Mouse (Prelude No.5 in D major)
- Ole (Prelude No.6 in D minor)
- On the Rhoads Again (Prelude No.11 in F major)
- Bon Voyage (Prelude 14 in F♯ minor)
- Dublin' (Prelude No.15 in G major)
- Coffee Break (Prelude No.17 in A♭ major)
- Roll Over Bach (Prelude No.21 in B♭ major)
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One day I was playing around with the synthesizers and decided to take Classical Music's "Urpiece" (The Prelude from Book 1 of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier) and put my own melody on top (good enough for Gounod I figured, good enough for me). Well, by the time I was done, there was not much left to the ear of the original but the harmonic underpinning, though the whole piece is in there - plus I threw in some of the Ave Maria for good measure. I kind of liked it (being a huge "Switched on Bach" fan - the recording that actually got me interested in music and changed my life forever - showing the world (at least me at the time) that long dead composers' music can still come to life in a totally refreshing way!). I figured since I totally contorted the first prelude, why stop there? I started modifying some of the other preludes to match how the original programatically moved me. Some are changed a lot more than others. Not really arrangements for the most part (so I did not want to disturb the Bach community too much by putting them as arrangements under Bach - some are just as much Kram). With the exception of the last one ("Roll Over Bach"), the original piece is always embedded in the Musing.
I am only posting the original sound files as there is not a score in the traditional sense (though they are all fully written out). Unfortunately a few of the originals were not recorded well. Tried to post process as well as I could.
Eventually I plan on adding a Musing for each of the Preludes (unless some wealthy Bach lover pays me handsomely to stop here).
Long Live Bach!