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  Two Ballads: "Annie One" and "Last Day"

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 engelbach
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Two Ballads: "Annie One" and "Last Day"submitted:
2007/08/15 05:44:00
revised:
2007/10/01 10:24:44


"Annie One" and "Last Day."

"Annie One" refers to my wife, Ann. It has a conventional harmonic scheme and form.

"Last Day" refers to the end of my employment (voluntary) where I was close to my coworkers. The tonality shifts and the form is asymmetrical. Solos can be effective with a double-time feel.

Neither was composed with any overall musical idea in mind, except to be lyrical without being too sentimental. I'm a big fan of the bittersweet quality in Bill Evans' tunes.

Both begin with a strong downward sequence, something to which I seem to be unconsciously predisposed. Any analysis, including Freudian (the "downward sequence"?), is welcome.

EDIT: 30 September 2007
Replaced "Annie One" in C with a version in G, with slight changes to the melody.

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"Last Day" contains a lead sheet line and a piano arrangement, so it's two pages long.

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