Song on 243

[for piano]

composed in 2006, 3 minutes

My mother Nancy Long celebrated her sixtieth birthday on November 30th, and I wrote this piece as a gift. She played piano as a child, and I wrote this to be on the level of difficulty of pieces in her old books. (Maybe she will get back into piano and play it!) Her address as a child (and her lucky number ever since) was 243. So, I mapped those numbers onto a scale, made a motive, and wrote the piece. It's simpler and prettier than my other pieces, so don't start here is you're just getting to know my music. But hey, if a composer can't write a piece for his mother on her birthday, what good is he?

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