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Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:21 pm

Hello All, About 20 years back I composed a set of four "Insect Oddities" dedicated to Billy Mayerl (who composed a piano suite with that title). I recently happened upon the only one of them which was notated, with Encore (and with the help of my late friend, Jon Skinner). It is entitled "Cricket's Lament" and is my attempt at emulating the Mayerl style. I hope some of you will enjoy this.

All best,

Frank Himpsl
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Re: Original Compositions

Postby rob » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:32 pm

Looks terrific Frank! I bet one or two of our pianists here will give it a public performance!!!! 8-)
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Re: Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:01 am

Rob, Thanks so much for the kind words of encouragement. Nothing would make me happier than to have pianists enjoy and perform the piece!

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Re: Original Compositions

Postby alfor » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:43 pm

Dear Frank,

thank you very much for a really good piece of "light music"! Did you ever try to get it published? IMHO it is better than many published pieces in this genre. (There are some minor errata I detected: a missing natural sign and an incorrect triplet at the end). - Would like to get more pieces of your pen!!

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Re: Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:27 am

Dear Alfor,

Your kind remarks positively made my day! I've never had any of my compositions published in the past. As an amateur pianist/composer/etc. the Pianophilia site seems a perfect venue for sharing original works. Of the original set, "Cricket" was the only one notated; but I had used Cakewalk software to create a midi file of another piece entitled "Bed Bugs." This one is a happy romp at presto tempo (once again emulating the Mayerl style)...hope you enjoy it.

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Frank
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Re: Original Compositions

Postby iano » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:48 am

I was going to say the same as alfor. Very convincing pastiche, if you wanted to take it at that level, but of course it's much more: original and sophisticated. Well done and thanks Frank. Would like to see more.
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Re: Original Compositions

Postby ilu » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:45 am

Frank:
Thank you for sharing Bed bugs, a great melody and an excellent piano study, really original!

We will be waiting for the score.

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Re: Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:37 am

Dear iano and ilu, Thank you both so much for your kind words regarding these tunes of mine! I can't begin to tell you how much the positive feedback means to me. In fact it is inspiring me to return to composing (and finding my old Encore software will be a necessary first step toward that end!) Your kindess and encouragement are so very much appreciated. :))

All best,

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Re: Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:03 am

Hello Friends, I've reconnected a long defunct computer upon which I had Encore software installed in an effort to upload some of my earlier compositions. The results were not 100% perfect because my knowledge of Encore back 15 or so years ago never extended beyond a basic level. Although the scores should be correct in terms of notation and timing, there are several thorny issues which I can't correct. For these I apologize in advance. One issue is correct placement of repeat brackets, which on the printed score intersect the upper half of the treble. Hopefully those who are interested in reading the scores will be able to detect and read past the numerous flaws here and there.

About the time I composed the "Insect Oddities" suite in tribute to Billy Mayerl, I also wrote a piece in honor of Roy Bargy. In the early 1920's US, Roy Bargy and Zez Confrey were two of the leading exponents of the novelty piano composition style, much the same as Mayerl was in the UK. So here is my Bargy tribute, entitled "Bargin' In," and I hope some of you will enjoy the piece.

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Re: Original Compositions

Postby fhimpsl » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:45 pm

I composed this waltz for my wife and the music was played as the bridal procession in our wedding (along with the traditional Mendelssohn and Wagner, of course!)

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