As a yearly tradition, I write a new version of „happy birthday“ to send to my friends.
Each year’s version tackles a different style, musical challenge or musical form.
2013: Polyphonic happy birthday
The happy birthday tune is treated as a tenor line for a three-part polyphony.
Can’t hear the hidden tune? See the score!
2014: Canonic happy birthday
The tune is used again as a tenor, but the other two voices play in canon.
2015: Mensural canonic greetings
In a mensural canon the same melody is played twice against itself at different speeds. In this case the happy birthday tune gets to be played as a mensural canon while a superius and a bass line complete the polyphony to four voices.
Can’r hear the mensural canon? See the Score!
2016: Cumpleaños latino
Latino-style arrangement of happy birthday.
2017: Greetings in fugue
3-voice fugue upon happy birthday.
2018: Tarantella beneaugurante
Tarantella with happy birthday hidden in the mandolin.
2019: Satie greetings
Happy birthday homage to the beloved Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie
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