Bits of Brooklyn

Piano Teacher Louis Yungling working with a young composerOn September 18, 2016, I set up a table at the annual Montague street festival and invited people of all ages to be a composer for a day. Everyone took a turn rolling the seven sided dice which were hand-painted with note values and names. By the end of the day, 64 enthusiastic new composers had played the game of musical chance and learned about note values and where to notate them on the treble clef. The final contest was a chance to name the community composition. The winning entry was Bits of Brooklyn submitted by Quamrun Nabi.

Piano Teacher Louis Yungling teaching music notationI gave myself one week to harmonize the raw notation and permission to chromatically alter pitches if necessary. No note names or values were otherwise added or deleted. The time signatures I used were what made sense to me. Paul Walker also submitted a wonderful arrangement where he challenged himself to only add harmony and not alter any aspect of the original treble pitches.

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Below you will find a list of all the composers, a list of all suggested titles, and links to the music, two arrangements and a sound recording.

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Community Composition
On September 18, 2016 I launched a community music project in which 64 Brooklynites rolled dice to add notes to a composition. The winning title is: Bits Of Brooklyn.

Click the title to view or download the original notes, two arrangements and a recording.