In 1976, when I was eleven years old, I expressed interest in composition to my piano teacher. But she wasn’t interested in nurturing that interest. Regardless, I had been taking piano lessons for four years and I felt I could use the skills I had to construct a piece of music. I did this and my piano teacher was impressed, yet still refused to teach me composition. I quit taking piano lessons and stopped playing. I would resume when I was 27 when I began learning composition from a friend. The rest is history.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this simple piece of music written by eleven year old me, I have exported the piece using Garritan Personal Orchestra’s Steinway Grand Piano digital sample. You can hear it in the video below, along with some nostalgic photos of me from around the time when this work was composed.