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32 Variations for Piano on Happy Birthday

By Chris Donaldson

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From JS Bach to Elena Kats-Chernin - for piano solo.

Happy Birthday is attributed to two American sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill, who penned it in the 1880s. 

The 32 variations run in order of each composer’s birth date, starting in the Baroque Period, and ending with current composers alive and working today. For fun the composer has appropriated between one and five of each composer’s best-known works, 86 in all, into medleys, then altered them to include fragments of the Happy Birthday tune in subtle, and sometimes, not so subtle ways.

The volume includes a collection of photographs taken by Donaldson.

Composed and arranged 2024.

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Audio samples:

3.    Joseph Haydn
6.    Giachino Rossini
15.  Johann Strauss Jnr.
18.  Peter Tchaikovsky
29.  George Gershwin
32.  Elena Kats-Chernin

ISMN 9790673145269

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