Variations for the 21st Century

Keenan Reimer-Watts

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This album is dedicated to Ralph Elsaesser, who was a good friend of mine. In his memory, this album is a fundraising album for The Hammer Band, and organization he introduced to me and supported himself, up to when he passed away. You can admire the work they do at www.thehammerband.com

The album is dedicated to Ralph, who taught me much about music and life. Ralph was a strong supporter of programs that made music accessible, and so I thought it fitting that the album fundraised for this cause.

You can hear Ralph playing Bach here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAFRNVJ2t8

Structurally, it's based on the Goldberg Variations, by J.S. Bach. Musically, it steals from a few different people, and I won't tell you who.

Although the composition is dedicated to Ralphs memory, the idea came after hearing Simone Dinnerstein perform the Goldberg Variations in Ottawa.

Thank you to everyone who helped fund this on Patreon. Thank you to my family, all of whom have heard this at least three times. Thank you to my composition teachers. Thanks Bach for helping out with counterpoint struggles and fugues. Thanks to Simone Dinnerstein for the inspiring performance. Thanks Ioana, for your support while I practiced the heck out of this. Thank you Patrick Godfry for the videography, and thanks Mike for your help recording! Thank YOU for listening!

Last, thank you Ralph Elsaesser, whose love of music and philanthropy continue to inspire me.

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