Avenging the Homeworld (v1)

This is an original composition by me, and it’s still a work-in-progress!
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About this composition

This is a fairly rough first version of a sci-fi inspired composition. It’s a totally different direction to my usual stuff (sorry if that took you by surprise!). The basic themes I was exploring were loss and isolation, followed by a determination to fight back against a grave injustice. If, like me, you’re a Doctor Who fan, then imagine the Doctor’s feelings about Gallifrey, and that’s kind of the direction I was going.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (jazz piano)

About this piece

I was basing this improvisation on the well-known lullaby, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. As with many traditional songs, the lyrics and the tune were written separately. The tune can be traced back to a French melody, called “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”, which was first published around the mid 18th century. Various versions of it have been used in other children’s songs (including the “Alphabet Song” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep”), as well as a number of classical compositions and Christmas carols.

The English lyrics come from the first verse of an early 19th century poem by Jane Taylor. You can find out more information, including the full original lyrics, on the associated Wikipedia article. You’ll also find “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the Roud Folksong Index at number 7666.
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