Arrhythmia in D Minor

Solo for Piano

Composed: 2018

Duration: 6'51"

Published by 193rd Street Music (ASCAP)

Recording: Natalie Rebecca Lovejoy (piano), 2021

Excerpt:

A full recording will be on available on the upcoming album Light Seeking Light: New Music for the Piano

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From the composer:

"One evening I was laying my head on my boyfriend's chest and heard his irregular heartbeat, medically referred to as 'arrhythmia.'

 

"'My heart beats in 5/4 time,' he said.

"It then occurred to me that I'd never written a song in 5/4, but I was up for the challenge. The idea, for me, was to write in an irregular meter without it calling attention to itself - on other words, I wanted listeners to get lost in and enjoy the music to the point where they were not really thinking about the time signature.

"I drew inspiration from Romantic period composers such as Chopin, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn - which is most apparent in the dual layers in the right hand (where the top half plays the melody, and the bottom  half accompanies with arpeggios). I chose the key of D (minor) as my boyfriend's name starts with a 'D.'"