Classical Scrambles

2008 – for solo piano for int. to adv. students

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)

Programme Notes

Classical Scrambles is a collection of pieces for intermediate to advanced piano students. However, I cannot claim that these compositions are 100% of my own creation. Rather they are a reorganization, reordering, and modernization of existing movements of sonatinas by composers of the Classical period. My compositional approach was heavily influenced by three main sources of 20th Century music: John Oswald’s Plunderphonics, Libby Larsen’s Quotation music, and the usage of John Cage’s I Ching philosophy.

The sources of these pieces are common in the repertory for a piano student. Therefore, one might find it easier and more interesting to have studied the original piece first.

Beethoven – based on Sonatina in F major, 1st movement, Anh. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Bolck – based on Sonatina in G major, 3rd movement, Op. 59 No. 2 by Oskar Bolck (1839-1888)

Cimarosa – based on Sonatina in B flat major, 3rd movement, No. 27, Vol. 1 by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801)

Clementi – based on Sonatina in F major, 2nd movement, Op. 36 No. 4 by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)

– Frank Horvat


Pieces included in the Syllabus for the 2009 North York Music Festival.

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