12 Melodies for a Music Box (Kiuttu, Jack W.)

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Scarbanzo (2017/11/24)

Publisher. Info. Jack W. Kiuttu, 2017.
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Work Title Twelve Melodies for a Music Box
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Composer Kiuttu, Jack W.
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJK 2
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12 pieces:
  1. A funny and highly chromatic galop-march, reminiscent of Shostakovich.
  2. A little minuet, senza trio, with a middle section containing lots of descending scales.
  3. A scherzino also possibly reminiscent of Shostakovich.
  4. An arietta somewhat in the style of one of Chopin's preludes.
  5. A little fanfare in 5/8 time, almost in the style of the Classical era.
  6. A moto perpetuo after Bach's Prelude in C minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier.
  7. A funny dance, perhaps something a minstrel would play.
  8. A calm, somewhat ostentatious intermezzo with some odd polyrhythms.
  9. A lively, "flying" dance in 7/8 time with a melody played in perfect fourths.
  10. A lovely waltz with a wandering melody, the start of which will be heard later.
  11. A fast-paced dance based loosely on African music, which leads directly into...
  12. A majestic chorale—though it may not follow the conventions of the Common Practice Period—with slight variation followed by a quiet coda.
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2017
First Publication. 2017
Average DurationAvg. Duration 9 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

Misc. Comments

This is a short suite of twelve pieces spanning all the major keys and an exercise in restrictive composition. Each piece uses only notes from middle C to the C two octaves above and is fairly short, usually 30 seconds to a minute long. Most are composed of a simple melody over accompaniment, so that the listener may hear the titular "music box" instead of just a piano. Of course, not all are so simple as that—the penultimate piece in B-flat major, as well as some of the other faster pieces, are more to show what one can write in just the span of two octaves.

Enjoy!