Viola part from Happy Birthday, Haydn

4 minutes
Classical music

The great critic and wag (and spy), Henry Pleasants (1911-2000) called this style of music "sewing-machine music." That’s a fine description, but when, in 2002, Sibelius Music composer Tony Matthews called for variations on the American song, "Happy Birthday to You," I churned out a slew of variations, including one in the style of Haydn.

It’s a good thing nothing ever came of those variations, because I later learned that "Happy Birthday to You" is still under copyright, and the entertainment industry is going ape over copyrights. But I decided to salvage my little piece, after carefully changing it not to resemble the copyrighted song, and I hope that it can serve at some festive occasion.

The solo part is for harp, but it could just as easily serve as a vehicle for a young pianist.

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