Son of Pharaoh

Eight-Bit Impromptu No. 5

For: Solo instrument (Pedal [solo organ pedals])
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Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
World music
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This short piece (1 min, 50 sec) for piano is the fifth in my series of impromptus inspired by the sounds of childhood, namely the theme music from early nineties video game systems like Nintendo. The exotic sounds found throughout this arrangement would be described by many as sounding Spanish, Flamenco, or Egyptian. Impressions of these musical traditions are often characterized by the augmented second melodic interval and the use of modal rather than tonal organization. In the minds of many composers, these musical locales once represented the edge of western civilization or the known world. As such, they serve as creative jumping-off-points to imagine new worlds.

The introduction section must be played with a far greater sense of rubato than the playback recording. At the new tempo, interpretation is more straight-forward. One technical and fingering challenge lies in the melodic figures in the right-hand that are frequently harmonized in parallel thirds. The bass ostinato pattern must be played steadily, but the dynamics should still be subservient to the primary melody in the right-hand.

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