Electronic Musings (Kram, Richard)

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Misc. Notes 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)
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General Information

Work Title Electronic Musings (on J.S. Bach's Preludes from Well Tempered Clavier Book 1)
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Composer Kram, Richard
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10
  1. Oy Veh Maria (Prelude No.1 in C major)
  2. Tick Tock (Prelude No.2 in C minor)
  3. So Many Sharps, So Little Time (Prelude No.3 in C major)
  4. Cat and Mouse (Prelude No.5 in D major)
  5. Ole (Prelude No.6 in D minor)
  6. On the Rhoads Again (Prelude No.11 in F major)
  7. Bon Voyage (Prelude 14 in F minor)
  8. Dublin' (Prelude No.15 in G major)
  9. Coffee Break (Prelude No.17 in A major)
  10. Roll Over Bach (Prelude No.21 in B major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2003
First Performance. 2003
First Publication. 2003
Average DurationAvg. Duration 13 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Synthesizers

Misc. Comments

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!