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Newton's Cradle


An exercise in simple harmonic motion.

This is a piano-and-violin piece that I wrote in October 2017, for my first ever composition class. The exercise we were given was meant to get us to experiment with counterpoint and "full chromaticity", meaning that every note in the chromatic scale should appear at least once in the piece despite its retaining a tonal centre.

This music class was a unique opportunity for us to get hands-on experience working with performers - all of us were either instrumentalists or vocalists of some kind, and I got to work with an experienced violin student to practice and perform this piece.

The themes in this piece will sound very familiar to those of you who have listened to my later piece Memory Lane. That 10-minute piece was built in large part out of material from this one.