SUNDAY REQUIEM: Based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

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This morning, I thought I was just going practice my piano technique. But it was not to be. Even before finishing the first warm-up piece – Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – I kept hearing in my head heavenly sounds of human voices and the full orchestra performing it.

So I switched instruments.  I walked over to my Clavinova and started playing it using various orchestral combinations. I even introduced the jazz ballad rhythm section to this classical piece.

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And then I began to visualize it being performed in the great cathedrals of the world – from Westminster Abbey to Hagia Sophia.

Elizabeth and I have been lucky enough to visit many of them. So my imagination was enhanced by actual experiences.

“How do you like this version of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata?” I asked Elizabeth when I was finished.

“I loved it,” she replied.

So I decided to repeat the process, this time recording my new musical creation. And this was a result.  Today being a beautiful Sunday here in Maui, I named it “Sunday Requiem” – music for all souls present and departed.

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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

HAGIA SOPHIA – “Mother of All Christian Churches” – as we saw it on Oct 11, 2011:



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