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Benedict Westenra – Lullaby

A piece I wrote for a Russian student. She was a fan of Mussorgsky’s “Une Larme”, so I designed it to have a similar feel to that. I’ll record it with better sound sometime!

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Lullaby

Benedict Westenra – Overture

This is a piano arrangement of the Overture from an early draft of my musical. The play’s set in 1848 and the piece represents the horror element of the story, hence the style. It was originally written for ‘cello and piano, the ‘cello playing the melody and the piano playing the arpeggios, which is why it’s such a nightmare to play as a solo piece.

(I’m aware that the sound is awful – the video was shot on an iPhone. I’ll rerecord it with a condenser mic at some point.)

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Overture

A piano arrangement of the second song I wrote for my musical. The original had 3 verses with different instrumentation – the 1st with a ‘cello countermelody, the 2nd with a flute, and the 3rd with piano arpeggios.

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Darling Járo

A piano arrangement of the very first song I wrote for my musical, long since cut. The show’s set in 1848 so the piece is a pastiche of a Chopin Polonaise.

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A soldier's life

This is a piano arrangement of a song from my musical that I wrote for a friend’s 50th birthday. The song was a Schubert pastiche, so the melody’s very Schubertian, but the harmonies drag it into the 21st Century.

(A couple of classical music fans have sworn that the melody’s taken from a specific Schubert song. It’s not. If you think it is, try and find the song! The melody’s original.)

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The Baron's song