into the shadow
while she speaks about the sea
all my life
of course
that's what humans do
not enough love
if only

When you learn traditional music theory, you’re taught the importance of tonality: composing music in one key and staying there, mainly to keep things from lurching around too unpredictably.

But what’s wrong with a little unpredictability?

I love clever chord changes. And I love the music of George Gershwin, Erik Satie and Scott Joplin. So I wrote a piano piece that combined the styles of those three composers — and deliberately tested how often I could change keys without annoying listeners.

(Hence the title. There’s no such note as C flat.)

Interesting footnote: I used digital music software to write this piece, then had the computer play it back on a digital grand piano. I could never perform it live because I’m just not that good. But if anyone wants to give it a try, I’ll gladly print out the score.




Music © 2008 by Tim Harrower