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The Luminous Passacaglias 02.11.2011
Past Updates: 01.28.2011 | 01.07.2011 | 12.31.2010
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
- Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays
Passacaglia in A-flat
Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon, M.D. Luminous Arc | Prelude
Author's Comments
This piece was originally composed for a pediatric resident's wedding a while back. I drew inspiration from Pachelbel's famous Canon in D. The piece was initially supposed to be a canon as well, but I found a passacaglia's structure to be much easier to work with, so I went with that. Sadly, this piece ended up being discarded.

Composed for string orchestra using Sibelius 5 and rendered by Kouen using SONAR 7 Producer Edition.

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This week's piece will be the first of two that I composed based on the title screen music for the two Luminous Arc games released outside Japan. I had originally planned on creating a third one, but ultimately decided against it.

First things first... A passacaglia is basically a set of variations on top of a repeating bass, called ostinato. The two pieces I made are very similar. The violas and cellos present the initial ostinato. The second violins, then, appear and play the theme's melody once, after which the section plays it an octave lower to become part of the ostinato as well. The first violins, then, play the variations over the other string sections. Don't let the weird name throw you off. Go ahead and try it out.

As I said, this is the first of two pieces, so expect another update next week. Until then!

Fermat's Last Theorem, M.D.

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