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A Distant Flute
Written September 2011 for Erik Weberg, a flutist and caller for both Contra Dances and English Country Dances.
Usually my waltz tunes go lower than the range for a flute. I told Erik I would write a waltz in flute range, and this is it; I even put in some rests for breathing.
Written July 2012. Sadness
Written July 2012 for a lovely dog who thinks he's still a puppy. Pizco lives in Spain with David Gutierrez Abad and his wife and daughter. This would be a standard 32-bar waltz, except that I added four extra measures in the "A" part, while Pizco wanders a bit from his path to investigate something only a dog would love, most likely! My thanks to David for his encouragement of my music and for being a friend.
Theme from The American
Written December 2011. In April 2011, I wrote a piano solo piece called "The American" as a memorial to my father,
Bernard N. Millner, 1921-2011. "The American" transitions from a waltz theme to an early
jazz/ragtime motif in 4/4 time. Here I have adapted that first theme and am presenting
it as a waltz on its own, because my Dad's life should be celebrated by dancing and more often than just at an occasional concert.
Summer 1915 (Jim Parsons' Eyes)
Written November 2012. I wrote this as an exercise in overlaying two different 4/4 types of beats or melodic accents against the 3/4 waltz meter. The chord structure seemed like something you might hear in popular music from the beginning of the 20th century, thus the title. The second title is, yes, that Jim Parsons who stars as Sheldon Cooper in the TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." I think his expressive eyes are a large part of his talent and kind of dizzying (in a nice way,) like the competing meters in this waltz. I also thought that maybe if I name a waltz for him, I'll get to meet him some day!
Written January 2012. My first stop on my European vacation in October 2011 was Paris, because I had gotten a front row
ticket to see Robin Gibb (of the Bee Gees) in a concert he had scheduled at that time. Robin had to cancel the concert at the last minute because of illness, and sadly, he never gave another concert, dying in May 2012. I loved Paris and wrote this waltz as my impression of the city. I offer this piece in Robin's memory.
Written August 2008 for the English Country Dance held on October 31, 2008. I wanted to write a spooky waltz and so, in addition to putting it in a minor key, I had the ghost of Chopin visit for a few measures.
The Little Ballerina
Written September 2012. I did not have any particular idea in mind while writing it, but when this waltz was done it clearly brought to mind a young girl doing a simple but graceful ballet.
Adamski's Waltz (Neo-Waltz #1)
Written November 2012. Adamski is Adam Tinley, an English dance music producer who is a proponent of "Neo-Waltz," a modern form of waltzing preserving the romance of it but updating it with complex rhythm tracks and mixes. I think it would be wonderful if waltzing became the hottest trend in clubs all over the world! This is my first attempt at a Neo-Waltz, inspired by Adamski so, of course, named for him! Stay tuned; more to come.
All compositions © Marjorie Millner
Recorded December 2012 at Nettleingham Audio on a Steinway D Piano