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Cradle Waltz

Here, for the first time in this blog, is a brand new composition — one of a set of dances I’m working on right now. This is probably the most innocent piece of music I’ve ever written (thus the title).

Cradle Waltz

Here’s the score. It’s only two lines long on paper, but those two lines sure took a lot of careful thought!

The set as a whole is still very much in progress, but I’ve finished writing a few of the individual pieces, and they’ll show up here as I learn to play them. Not all of them are this innocent, or this orderly, and I look forward to (I hope) surprising you with the contrasts.



An exceptionally beautiful piece.

I don’t know if I’d describe it as “innocent”, though. I hear a sense of tension running through it, a sense of someone watching over the cradle, listening to the noises outside… the waltz seems more about innocence than innocent itself, if that makes sense. I’m curious to hear how it fits with the other pieces.


Joel, that does make sense, and is actually a sort of prescient comment in light of the other pieces!